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Alzheimer’s Prevention Starts With Marijuana, According To British Journal

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alzheimers marijuanaBy Brandon Isaak

paper published by the British Journal of Pharmacology suggests that the chemical compounds in marijuana likely prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and age-related dementia.

Chronic brain inflammation, oxidative stress, and intra-cellular dysfunction are the primary reasons why people develop these debilitating neurological diseases. The study found that both THC and CBD (the primary chemical compounds found in marijuana) positively affect nerve cell function in consumers, significantly reducing these harmful neurological conditions.

THC and CBD (called cannabinoids) tap into a primal, chemical signaling system in cells called “the endocannabinoid system.” The paper shows cannabinoids dampen inflammation, protect cells from oxidative damage, and promote cell health on a number of levels.

This paper echoes claims made in January by Gary Wenk, professor of neuroscience, immunology, and medical genetics at Ohio State University, that “if you do anything, such as smoke a bunch of marijuana in your 20s and 30s, you may wipe out all of the inflammation in your brain and then things start over again. And you simply die of old age before inflammation becomes an issue for you,”

The implications of marijuana’s medicinal effects on our brains are monumental, from not just a health perspective, but a financial one as well, for more than five million Americans with Alzheimer’s. One in three seniors will die with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, and Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation, costing the country about $203 billion in 2013.

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  1. As far as I know, aging is the cause of all three conditions so eloquently and scientifically described in quotations. Do you find Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s in young people? Aging is not always the cause, but it usually is. If I’m wrong, please provide a link that indicates differently. Thanks.

  2. Jennifer Castleberry, RN on

    NONE of those are a part of `normal aging`. They are caused by prior brain injuries and other diseases. Mental Status Changes or decline at any age is cause for medical attention. It is serious & never normal, even if you’re 98 yo! I suggest you should stop talking out your ass and get educated before posting further ignorant comments!

  3. “Chronic brain inflammation, oxidative stress, and intra-cellular dysfunction…” This happens to all of us — it’s called getting older.

  4. http://m.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-brain-food/201012/alcohol-vs-marijuana-in-the-brain

    Considering this research came from the esteemed Dr. Wenk of The Ohio State University, I would think it is on a sound base.

    http://faculty.psy.ohio-state.edu/wenk/

    The trustees at The Ohio State University recently approved a billion dollar expansion of The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wexner_Medical_Center_at_Ohio_State_University

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