Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. As it progresses, the disease destroys a patient’s memory, behavior, and thinking. With no cure or prevention method, the disease affects 4.5 million Americans including nearly ½ of people over the age of 85. Some scientists are hopeful that medical marijuana may provide a breakthrough in treatment options.
One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease is plaque. Plaque in the brain are clumps of protein fragments known as amyloid-beta. As the plaque builds up, it prevents cell communication and nutrient transportation throughout the nerve cells in the brain. Without communication and nutrition, the cells die, and the brain shrinks.
As you may expect, brain cell death and brain shrinkage have dramatic results. However, a study from the Salk Institute found that medical marijuana may reduce the amount of amyloid-beta in the brain. Published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, another study claims that THC can slow the production of amyloid-beta proteins.
At the very least, the director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association, Keith Fargo, refers to marijuana as a legitimate avenue of research. THC is obviously having an effect on plaque. It’s time to do the research to see exactly what the result is.
Another damaging effect of Alzheimer’s disease is inflammation in the brain. The inflammation dramatically contributes to brain cell damage associated with the disease. Experts discovered results that suggest THC can stop inflammatory responses from nerve cells while allowing the nerve cells themselves to survive.
Some strains that might be especially helpful for reducing inflammation are Harlequin, Ghost Train Haze, Snoop’s Dream, and Juicy Fruit. Each of these strains is available at Las Vegas ReLeaf, a medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas.
A 2016 study found that the use of THC decreased symptoms of delusion, agitation, irritability, apathy, and insomnia. While treatment for and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease are at the forefront of research, the symptoms that patients are living with every day cannot be ignored. Medical marijuana patients can use cannabis to ease symptoms while further research is conducted.
Las Vegas ReLeaf, a medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, NV, is closely following developments in medical cannabis research. Stop by our dispensary near the Strip to learn more from our budtenders about medical marijuana treatments and recreational marijuana use in Nevada. Or visit our website to see our menu, specials, and delivery options.