One of the scariest diseases to have or watch a loved one have is Alzheimer’s. There is no cure nor any treatment for the symptoms.
Fortunately, marijuana may be able to provide some relief for its sufferers.
A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease discusses how scientists at the University of South Florida demonstrated how low levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is able to reduce the formation of the sticky protein beta-amyloid, which accumulates in the Alzheimer’s brain.
One of the study’s authors commented: While we are still far from a consensus, this study indicates that THC and THC-related compounds may be of therapeutic value in Alzheimer’s disease.
David Schubert from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California, and his colleagues, have also tested the effects of THC on human neurons grown in the lab that mimic the effects of Alzheimer’s 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,” said Schubert.