HEALTH Cannabidiol vs Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

David Cheng, a researcher at the university of Wollongong in Australia hopes to graduate on this study; one that showed how mice with similar characteristics to Alzheimer patients, benefited from CBD treatment in preventing memory loss and protecting brain cells.

 

In the study, mice with Alzheimer characteristics were compared with regular mice in memory-related tasks. It was observed that the performance of the affected mice came back to the level of the healthy ones; in a way this could even point to a full recovery from Alzheimer’s effects. Of course more research is needed in this area, subsequently on humans.

 

Of the many active components, THC -the primary psychoactive substance – is known to impair cognitive abilities, whereas CBD counteracts THC’s effects. David Cheng stated:

 

“Most of the components are detrimental, they worsen your cognitive performance and have psychoactive effects… cannabidiol seems to not have any of these negative effects.”

 

Within the study, there was a also a focus on brain cells in animals; with Alzheimer’s disease these cells produce a protein and form plaques in the brain. CBD treatment reduced the production of the harmful protein.

 

There have been case reports in medical literature, in which marijuana users reported that cannabis use relieved some of their symptoms. In previous research it has also been suggested that THC itself may also have a protective effect on brain cells, in relation to Alzheimer’s.

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Statistics Prove Marijuana is not The Gateway Drug


For years and years we hear the poor arguments that marijuana is the gateway drug. While that is a myth that has been proven wrong a million times over, especially in favor of alcohol abuse (after all, how many people do you know had their first joint before their first beer!?), for what is perhaps the first time, we have statistics showing that as of 2010, prescription pills have been the number one gateway drug. 
 
"For as long as the Department of Justice has tracked drug abuse, marijuana was the first-time users' drug of choice," Marshall County Alabama County District Attorney and district judge-elect Mitch Floyd stated. "But in 2010, prescription pills overtook marijuana."


According to Floyd's calculations, almost 4 billion prescriptions were written in 2010 in the United States. That is an almost 200% increase since 1989, due in no small part to the aggressive tactics employed by pharmaceutical companies in the 2000s, that included wooing doctors and medical professionals through kickbacks and wining and dining.


"The mentality is that these prescription pills don't carry the stigma of illegal drugs because doctors prescribe them," Floyd stated. "But the truth is, pills are more deadly than heroin, cocaine, and meth combined."


Some additional statistics that Floyd provided included a 400% jump in admissions to addiction treatment centers from 1997 to 2007, and controlled pills contributed to the deaths of 37,485 people in 2009, almost triple the number from just a year before. That's also more than the number of car accident fatalities that same year.


Floyd's statistics were obtained from the 2011 National Drug Threat Assessment, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, surveys conducted by Court Appointed Special Advocates, as well as other sources.


STUDY: Elderly Medicinal Marijuana Patients may be less Dependent on Pharmaceuticals


 The study was conducted on 19 residents of the Hadarim nursing home in Israel who were between the ages of 69 and 101 and suffered from medical conditions including pain, muscle spasm, tremors and lack of appetite. Participants used medical marijuana (cannabis) in the form of smoke, vapor, oil or powder three times per day. Over the course of a year, participants were monitored for physical improvement and for improvement in quality of life factors such as mood and facility with everyday activities.

Within one year of treatment, 17 of the 19 patients had achieved a healthy weight, with some of the participants experiencing weight gain and the others experiencing weight loss, as needed. Muscle spasms, stiffness, tremors, pain, nightmares, and flashbacks related to post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) were significantly reduced among participants, while sleeping hours were significantly increased. Participants also experienced a significant improvement in mood and in communication skills.

 

Use of pharmaceutical drugs reduced

 

Notably, participants also significantly reduced their use of pharmaceutical drugs such as antipsychotics, painkillers, mood stabilizers and drugs for Parkinson's disease. After one year of medical marijuana treatment, 72 percent of study participants had reduced their use of pharmaceuticals by an average of 1.7 drugs per day. Researcher Zach Klein noted that this finding is of particular importance because so many of the drugs that patients were able to discontinue can carry severe side effects.

Marijuana is gaining increasing medical attention as a treatment for chronic conditions ranging from pain to cancer to PTSD. It is known to act as an effective pain reliever, appetite regulator and sleep aid even in cases that prove resistant to pharmaceuticals.

Another recent study, published in October in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, found that medical marijuana is effective at reducing debilitating muscle stiffness in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). This stiffness, which is highly resistant to current MS treatments, affects 90 percent of MS patients and regularly interferes with mobility, sleep and daily function.


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