Known as one of the effects of aging and a neurodegenerative disorder, Alzheimer’s disease is a killer disease worldwide affecting the brain due to the buildup of extracellular plaques composed of amyloid, a proteinacious material, as well as of intracellular tangles composed of tau protein. Due to these buildups, the brain come into the state of severe dementia, known as the decreased mental ability that is worst enough to affect someone’s daily life functions.
Other Effects of Alzheimer and How Marijuana May Help
Alzheimer’s disease patients can experience memory loss and a decrease planning and problem solving ability. They also encounter issues, in terms of poor judgment and social interaction withdrawal. As of now, there is no known major cure against Alzheimer’s disease, but there may be hope in marijuana, according to research and studies.
Speaking of those, a September 2013 study conducted and published in the Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience revealed that cannabinoids in weed may be effective in decreasing the buildup of amyloid and in preventing its transport in the brain. According to the same study, cannabis may be able to reverse the accumulation of these minerals in the brain by assisting in the transport of it out the brain permanently.
Another significant study about the link of Alzheimer’s disease and cannabis stated that the administration of cannabinoid cannabidiol or CBD, a non-psychoactive element found in marijuana, was successful in reversing this cognitive decline in the brain, as done on transgenic mice models.
In addition to these findings, the researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine that published a journal in Neuron, 2014, stated that endocannabinoids, the natural substances produced by the human body and that stimulate cannabinoid receptors, which are also found in cannabis-based plants, may work against amyloid and neuroplasticity (a condition associated with the change of brain cell connection, communication and function).
The bad news is that the study did not find substantial evidence concluding how cannabis may help against Alzheimer’s disease because of the effect length exhibited by the use of medical marijuana and the body’s endocannabinoids. In this light, the experts failed to conclude how raw plant cannabis may be beneficial against Alzheimer’s.
Just like medical marijuana’s potential against other diseases, such as anxiety and cancer, the experts, whose research and studies are focusing on the use of cannabis against Alzheimer’s, are yet to conclude of the facts. Nevertheless, these partial studies prove the future potential of cannabis against Alzheimer’s, but conclusions are yet to be unfolded in the coming years.