Medical Marijuana and Alzheimer’s

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, so we thought it would be a perfect time to explore how medical marijuana can help Alzheimer’s patients.

What is Alzheimer’s?
This is a progressive mental deterioration disease that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It’s a form of dementia that effects memory, thinking and behaviour.

How can medical marijuana help?
New research from the Salk Institute shows THC can promote the removal of Alzheimer-causing plaque from brain cells.

Salk Institute scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Marijuana has long been studied and linked to be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimers, but this new research on the plaque removal is pretty revolutionary in its findings. This landmark study proves that cannabinoids can fight both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in the brain’s cells.

To find out about how medical marijuana can help with Alzheimer’s, please call us: 403-475-4205.

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