Alzheimers is one of those diseases we’re going to be seeing a lot more of in the future. With an ageing population that is living longer and longer, Alzheimers will be affecting more and more people. It is a hugely debilitating disease which causes terrible symptoms like dementia. With no known cure at the moment, scientists are throwing everything they’ve got at the disease to find something that works to fight against it.
That even includes using medical marijuana, and amazingly, it’s been found to be pretty effective. Researchers at the Salk institute in California recreated parts of Alzheimers in a laboratory setting. They then discovered that Amyloid Beta, a toxic plaque associated with Alzheimers, could be reduced by exposure to THC.
High levels of Amyloid Beta are linked with cellular inflammation and a higher chance of neuron death, leading to many of the symptoms of Alzheimers. When nerve cells that produced high levels of amyloid beta were treated wth THC, the proteins were reduced an the inflammation was completely eliminated, allowing the neurons to survive.
The study, published n the medical journal NPJ: Aging and Mechanisms of Disease showed that THC may well be very similar to the endocannabinoids that nerve cells produce to protect themselves.
Professor David Schubert, senior author of the study, warned that their findings were only conducted in exploratory laboratory models. He says the use of THC-like compounds in therapy has yet to be investigated in clinical trials.
This is one of many studies showing just how effective cannabis can be against a whole range of illnesses