The psychoactive compound of marijuana rids the brain of the toxic protein that causes Alzheimer’s
Reprinted from returntonow.net Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases are thought to be caused by nerve cell death, caused by the the accumulation of a amyloid proteins.
The build-up of the proteins triggers a toxic inflammatory response that eventually leads to brain cell death. There are no drugs that significantly inhibit this process. Enter cannabis, which is now legal for medicinal purposes in 33 states.
A 2016 study found cannabinoids, such as THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol), stimulate the removal of the beta amyloid protein, block the inflammatory response caused by the protein, and therefore protect against nerve cell death.
The finding supports previous studies that found cannabinoids to be effective against neurodegenerative disease.
“Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells,” says one of researchers, David Schubert from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California.
Schubert and his colleagues tested the effects of THC on human neurons grown in a lab.
THC is not only responsible for the majority of marijuana’s psychological effects – including the high – it’s also an effective treatment for the symptoms of everything from HIV and chemotherapy to chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder, and stroke.
The compound works by attaching to cannabinoid receptors found all over the body.
In the brain, these receptors are most concentrated in neurons associated with pleasure, memory, thinking, coordination and time perception.
Author: Sara Burrows
These articles drive me crazy when the author hasn’t responded to any questions here so I will. I am a cancer survivor, liver, caused by HepC while I was a Corpsman during the Vietnam War. We didn’t wear gloves back then, there was no HIV or HepC for us to catch so. The person who actually has the answers you are looking for is not the author of the article but the doctor who is doing the research and the institution where this research is occuring . . .David Schubert from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California. There is a website there and you can get to the studies for yourself however, as a retired public science teacher with a Doctorate and parents with the same level of education, my father has already passed from dementia and my 91 year old mother is on the same slippery slope and I don’t want to go there myself. So from the studies and research I’ve dug into about this angle of cannabis use and the need for THC not just CBD and THCA or the other cannabinoids that are important here. What the THC in the oil and I’m talking about ingesting full extract cannabis oil as an herbal supplement kind of thing, not an attitude adjustment kinda way at all, does is it eats at that plaque that forms between the neurons in the brain. It is a neuroprotectant by nature and if we’d been feeding our endocannabinoid systems all these decades this may have never even become an issue at all although I’m highly suspect of Monsatan products as well for both dementia and cancers of all kinds. The best research is being done in Spain, Great Britain and the BEST is in Israel. Most of the research studies can be accessed through pubmed online. I hope this helps. I’m known as Arizona Jane in my own state.
They are saying here that THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis is possibly an aid to assisting in reducing Alzheimer’s symptoms. Dosing wise will be difficult as this research is pretty recent and hasn’t been tested etc. (as most other cannabis related treatments) but the general rule of thumb is to start off with small doses of full spectrum cannabis oil (THC & CBD’s) and see how your man handles being a bit stoned and slowly build up to larger dosings , baring in mind that being stoned produces symptoms of forgetfulness and diminished ability to focus on tasks at hand, laughter and increased appetite. No one has ever died from cannabis overdose. For more information look up Cannabis Oil Survival Stories on Facebook and start your research from there.