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Medical Marijuana for Alzheimer’s Disease

by Faith Fidura September 06, 2018

Alzheimer'sAwarenessIn case you didn’t know, September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. As a marijuana business consultancy, the Dispensary Permits team would like to highlight the benefits medical marijuana may have for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. 

What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, or behavior. It is a progressive mental deterioration that typically occurs in middle or older aged individuals. Ultimately, after severe progression, Alzheimer’s can prevent individuals from being able to carry on in daily life without assistance. 

How can Medical Marijuana benefit patients with Alzheimer’s?

A key-contributor to the progression of Alzheimer’s is the production of beta-amyloid proteins. A preclinical study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that very small doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a compound found in marijuana, can slow the production of these beta-amyloid proteins. 

Medical marijuana also contains a non-psychoactive compound known as cannabidiol (CBD). In another study reported by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, CBD was found to manage the negative symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease including aggression, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and hallucinations. Numerous other studies have reported CBD’s effectiveness in alleviating inflammation as well. Inflammation of the brain is a major component of the damage associated with Alzheimer’s, and therefore CBD may be beneficial in this aspect too. 

For more information on the effects of medical marijuana on Alzheimer's Treatment, read Alzheimers.net 's blog

In nearly all the states that have approved a medical marijuana program, Alzheimer’s disease is a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use. If you or someone you know is suffering from Alzheimer’s and is interested in this alternative form of medication, check here to see what you can do to become a patient in your state.

Remember to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s this month! Dispensary Permits will be focusing on bringing the option of this alternative treatment to other’s attention in hopes of helping improve the quality of life for those suffering from the disease.