Anyone who knows someone affected by Alzheimer’s knows how truly devastating this degenerative mind disease can truly be. For someone who’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the world can be a very confusing and lonely place. If there is one thing that’s certain, it’s that Alzheimer’s is a completely uncertain reality, one that can be filled with extreme fear and disorientation.
What’s worse is that Alzheimer’s is irreversible and as it progresses works to destroy one’s thinking skills and memory. There’s no cure for Alzheimer’s, and patients are left to suffer with this condition that strips them completely of mental function and quality of life. While there is no cure per say, there is hope.
Medical marijuana is showing great promise when it comes to treating Alzheimer’s disease. Cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, has shown to possible reverse some of the brain impairments caused by this terrible disease.
Tests performed in lab mice with Alzheimer’s showed that CBD restored the memory of these mice back to their normal levels. According to Dr. Tim Karl who performed these tests and presented the results at the 2013 annual meeting of the Australian Neuroscience Society, “it basically brings the performance of the animals back to the level of healthy animals. You could say it cured them.”
While not exactly accepted as a “cure” for Alzheimer’s just yet, cannabidiol is showing great promise as a potential life saver for the millions of people that suffer from Alzheimer’s worldwide. More than 750,000 people in Canada suffer from Alzheimer’s and in the US over 5 million people have fallen victim to this progressive degenerative disease. If medical marijuana does indeed help with this disease, there are so many people that could see life changing benefits from it.
How exactly medical marijuana, specifically cannabidiol, work on Alzheimer’s?
Researchers speculate that the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol may contest the underlying factors of Alzheimer’s disease itself. One of the main features of Alzheimer’s is neurodegeneration, which is basically the progressive loss of the function or structure of neurons. With cannabidiol helping to reduce neuroinflammation, neurodegeneration automatically decreases as well.