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Alzheimer’s Disease | Medical Marijuana

Using cannabis for Alzheimer’s Disease is proving a bit controversial. One reason for this is because Alzheimer’s Disease is a neurological condition, and as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can cause sensorial changes, many would warn Alzheimer’s sufferers to be sceptical of cannabis.

 

Yet, there are more and more studies coming out suggesting that cannabis can be beneficial for those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

Positives

 

  • THC may help remove Beta-Amyloid – the plaque-causing protein – from brain cells
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) may be a neuroprotective, and could well help prevent Beta-Amyloid-induced toxicity in PC12 cells
  • Cannabinoids may help promote neurogenesis – the growth of new neural pathways

Negatives

 

  • Cannabis can have negative effects on short-term memory – not ideal for those suffering from Alzheimer’s!
  • Altered senses
  • Difficulty in quick-thinking and problem-solving

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