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Yet Another Study Suggests Marijuana Fights Alzheimer’s Disease

alzheimers marijuanaMore than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. I have had multiple family members suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and it’s a very sad thing to watch. I can only imagine how horrible it is to go through as the patient. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in three seniors will die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Those staggering statistics demonstrate why fighting Alzheimer’s is so important, and why medicines that prove effective in treating Alzheimer’s are so important, such as marijuana. There was yet another study published which showed that marijuana can help fight Alzheimer’s. Per Smell the Truth:

“THC is known to be a potent antioxidant with neuroprotective properties, but this is the first report that the compound directly affects Alzheimer’s pathology by decreasing amyloid beta levels, inhibiting its aggregation, and enhancing mitochondrial function,” stated study lead author Chuanhai Cao, PhD and a neuroscientist at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and the USF College of Pharmacy.

“Decreased levels of amyloid beta means less aggregation, which may protect against the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Since THC is a natural and relatively safe amyloid inhibitor, THC or its analogs may help us develop an effective treatment in the future.”

Other research in the same journal that month indicates THC boosts the body’s natural anti-Alzheimer’s fighting mechanism — the endocannabinoid system.

If you know someone that suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, you should share this study with them, and many others that are out there that show marijuana can be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s. For more about Alzheimer’s disease, check out the Alzheimer’s Association’s website. To read more about the study referenced in this article, click this link here.

  • Karen Ferguson

    I wish I knew about this 11 years ago. I’m sure the info was out there then, I just didn’t pay attention. My father would have benefited and I could have fed him edibles. I’m glad to know now and spread the word. Thanks!

  • wowFAD

    The fact that cannabis treats Alzheimer’s is the reason that, if there is a god, I worry god has *my* sense of humor. That would not bode well for humanity.

    You see, Ronald Reagan died of advanced Alzheimer’s in the 1990s. It’s been suggested that his condition had started to affect the later years of his Presidency. Maybe that’s why he got stomped by Mondale in the first 84′ debate. We cannot know for certain because his late-stage scans are not public. In either case, it’s well-known that the Reagan administration went to great lengths to demonize cannabis. Pre-internet, the Reagan administration attempted to have all copies of a scientific journal destroyed because it published an article documenting the anti-cancer effects of cannabis. How many cancer deaths over the last three decades can be attributed to Ronald Reagan, posthumously? There’s no telling.

    You may also remember this famous Reagan quotation:
    “I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast.”

    The Reagan administration based that line on the nefarious Heath-Tulane monkey study. It took almost a decade and a FIA request, but it was finally revealed that the experimenters were strapping rhesus monkeys into tiny gas-masks that pumped in nothing but cannabis smoke — little/no oxygen — for extended periods. Lo and behold, after being forcibly asphyxiated, the monkeys suffered brain damage. Thus, the myth that cannabis hurts your brain was born.

    That myth persists even now, and persisted right through our own federal government filing patent 6630507 in 2002 — a patent for the efficacy of cannabinoids to treat patients of neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s, and yes, Alzheimer’s. That patent is owned by our own federal department of Health and Human Services. The same HHS that refuses to consider rescheduling cannabis because it has “no medical value.”

    The irony of the Reagan administration fighting so hard to demonize the very thing that could have treated Reagan’s condition is transparent. Cannabis could have extended and improved his quality of life. However, looking back, I must admit that I have no pity or sympathy for the man — he wasn’t the ONLY person who died of Alzheimer’s who could have been helped by cannabis.