More than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease. I have had multiple family members suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and it's a very sad thing to watch. I can only imagine how horrible it is to go through as the patient. According to the Alzheimer's Association, one in three seniors will die with Alzheimer's or another dementia. Those staggering statistics demonstrate why fighting Alzheimer's is so important, and why medicines that prove effective in treating Alzheimer's are so important, such as marijuana. There was yet another study published which showed that marijuana can help fight Alzheimer's. Per Smell the Truth:
"THC is known to be a potent antioxidant with neuroprotective properties, but this is the first report that the compound directly affects Alzheimer's pathology by decreasing amyloid beta levels, inhibiting its aggregation, and enhancing mitochondrial function," stated study lead author Chuanhai Cao, PhD and a neuroscientist at the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute and the USF College of Pharmacy.
"Decreased levels of amyloid beta means less aggregation, which may protect against the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Since THC is a natural and relatively safe amyloid inhibitor, THC or its analogs may help us develop an effective treatment in the future."
Other research in the same journal that month indicates THC boosts the body's natural anti-Alzheimer's fighting mechanism --- the endocannabinoid system.
If you know someone that suffers from Alzheimer's disease, you should share this study with them, and many others that are out there that show marijuana can be an effective treatment for Alzheimer's. For more about Alzheimer's disease, check out the Alzheimer's Association's website. To read more about the study referenced in this article, click this link here.