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Marijuana May Treat Neurodegeneration According To New Study

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Marijuana brain stressCourtesy of The Joint Blog

new study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology has found that cannabis may treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

“In an increasingly ageing population, the incidence of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease are rising”, according to the study. “While the aetiologies of these disorders are different, a number of common mechanisms that underlie their neurodegenerative components have been elucidated; namely neuroinflammation, excitotoxicity, mitochondrial dysfunction and reduced trophic support. Current therapies focus on treatment of the symptoms and attempt to delay the progression of these diseases but there is currently no cure.” It continues; “Modulation of the endogenous cannabinoid system is emerging as a potentially viable option in the treatment of neurodegeneration. Endocannabinoid signalling has been found to be altered in many neurodegenerative disorders.”

While studying the effects of cannabinoids in treating neurodegenerative diseases, it was found that; “Through multiple lines of evidence, this evolutionarily conserved neurosignalling system has shown neuroprotective capabilities and is therefore a potential target for neurodegenerative disorders.”They conclude; “This review details the mechanisms of neurodegeneration and highlights the beneficial effects of cannabinoid treatment.”

The full study can be found by clicking here.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

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  • bobzimway

    if only we could get dumb cops to use it.

  • mike1188

    Reefer I’m sorry about your father loosing my mind is my only fear as I get older.hopefully people will wake up and stop listening to the antiqued B.S and legalize cannabis

  • mike1188

    This from something that they claimed to distroy brain cells. Something they have claimed for years

  • informl

    Doesn’t the US government have the patent on this neuro protectant already.
    Patent #: 6,630,507.

  • reefer

    Im an MMJ patient in Cali. Neurological disease runs in my family on my father’s side. This plant needs to be legal nationwide and available in health food stores(where they can card ppl. like they’re supposed to for kava). I believe it to be the best prophylactic for neuro-degeneration of all forms. My father suffers LEWE body dementia and parkinsons and the only way he’d ever consume cannabis is if it was a “health food”, which it is. I think if it were as culturally accepted as other healthy herbs, or at least as accepted as wine, these types of diagnoses would be much rarer.