Alzheimer’s is a terrible brain disease. It causes memory loss and when it progresses it leaves a person literally unable to carry on through their daily lives.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and it literally accounts for at around 80 percent of all dementia cases. While it is so common that many believe it is just a part of aging, it is not. It is not normal at all. Some people even come down with this in their younger years and it only gets worse as time goes on.
Currently, there is no set cure for Alzheimer’s, but there are several treatment options. Some of those options work well and others not so much. Delaying its onset is one of the main goals and even that doesn’t always work as well as we would hope that it could.
That being said, one of the treatment methods some people choose to go with is marijuana. In the states, it is legal for use in the fight against Alzheimer’s, and it actually far more effective than people realize. You see, the THC and other compounds in marijuana actually promote the removal of amyloid beta. Amyloid beta is a toxic protein strongly associated with Alzheimer’s.
This finding coming from scientists at Salk Institute in San Diego. You see, the accumulation of amyloid beta is a something we notice quite often before the appearance of this disease. This protein causes plaques and seems to play a very serious role in the progression of the disease itself.
Professor David Schubert of Salk Institute told Big Think as follows:
“Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells.”
Their findings were published in the journal Aging and Mechanisms of Disease. The psychoactive effects of THC activate receptors within our brain cells and this, in the end, leads to the removal of that dangerous protein mentioned above. As time goes on and more research is done marijuana could be the cure we need. Getting things going in the right direction could make a huge difference.
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