Cannabis Offers a Spark of Hope for Alzheimer’s
Ask just about anyone you know, and you will find that almost everyone in some form has been touched by a condition known as Alzheimer's. This devastating condition affects millions of adults globally and is most common among our elderly population. There are an estimated 3 million cases of Alzheimer’s documented in the U.S. alone annually. Of these cases, the majority of them are adults 60 years and older. There are, however, thousands of cases that are also documented each year in adults as young as 19-40 years old.
Alzheimer’s is primarily caused by inflammation in the brain that leads to the death of brain cells which causes things such as significant memory loss and intense confusion with even the simplest of tasks. While it is thought to be incurable recent research shows that there may be something you can do to mitigate the development of the condition.
Research performed on lab rats by Dr. Gary Wenk at Ohio State University shows that slight marijuana consumption even in very minute doses can noticeably reduce brain inflammation and help prevent the onset of conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's.
His research also suggests that if you suffer an injury or trauma to the brain that consuming cannabis in the immediate could prevent the build-up of excess inflammation which could lead to the development of conditions such as Alzheimer's at an earlier age.
Cannabis is widely known for its anti-inflammatory effects. Seeing how there is a direct correlation between inflammation in the brain and the development of Alzheimer's it’s quite clear how cannabis could be useful at not only preventing the condition but also reducing the effects of those who develop it in their later years.
Dr. Wenk is just one of many researchers that have come to this conclusion. There have been several others including this one which “strongly suggest(s) that THC could be a potential therapeutic treatment option for Alzheimer's disease through multiple functions and pathways.” Others have discovered THC has the ability to remove toxic buildup of amyloid beta protein in the brain. This protein is thought to significantly increase the progression and onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Research studies such as these bring hope for future generations as cannabis is slowly becoming more accessible and losing its criminality in many places around the globe. Hopefully, one day, this miraculous plant will be available for everyone around the world to embrace its medicinal value without fear of prosecution.