Marijuana Treatment For Alzheimers

Marijuana Could Be An Effective Treatment For Alzheimers

Brett Levin

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A trip to the dispensary for your Alzheimer’s clients might be on your to-do list in the near future.

A study published this month in Aging and Mechanisms of Disease suggests marijuana might eventually be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published in Popular Science, studied the effects of THC on lab-grown neurons.

Researchers found that the cannabis compound hampered the plaque buildup that is associated with Alzheimer’s. The buildup, caused by the amyloid beta protein, can cause inflammation of the cells in the brain, hampering communication between neurons.

The study reports that THC reduced the amount of amyloid beta proteins in the neurons and prevented inflammation. The THC worked similarly to the effects of physical activity. By affecting the same receptors in the brain, Alzheimer’s can be slowed.

In addition to showing marijuana could be used to treat Alzheimer’s, it may clarify the connection between amyloid beta proteins and inflammation.

Read the full study— Amyloid proteotoxicity initiates an inflammatory response blocked by cannabinoids— here.