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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