Marijuana consumption has been found to have an ameliorating effect on patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. The intoxicating drug seems to remove plaque-forming proteins from the brain.
THC which is the main component of marijuana can clean up the amyloid beta or toxic proteins in the brains of Alzheimer’s Disease patients. The studies were carried out on neurons that had been cultivated in the lab.
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New therapies for Alzheimer’s could lie in the cards thanks to this research. Apparently, cannabinoids are a source of protection for the neurons.
These cannabinoids affect rates of inflammation and amyloid beta concentrations in the nerve cells. Alzheimer’s is a brain disorder that progresses with the passage of time till the patient is left an empty shell of his or her former self.
The key feature of this scourge is memory loss. A person is left in a lull as far as the carrying out of daily tasks is concerned. Over 5 million Americans face this issue every year.
It ultimately ends in the death of the patient. A common cause of dementia, the occurrence of Alzheimer’s is bound to increase by up to three times within the next half a century or so.
Within the nerve cells of the senescent brain, the amyloid beta proteins tend to accumulate over the long term scenario. This is before the onset of Alzheimer’s and the appearance of the classic symptoms of the disease.
The exact role of the amyloid beta and plaque remains a mystery though. As far as the study was concerned it was published in June 2016's issue of Aging and Mechanisms of Disease.
The nerve cells were made to resemble the brain cells in Alzheimer’s Disease. Neuron death occurred with the presence of amyloid beta proteins. Exposure to THC reduced inflammation considerably.
In other words, the nerve cells survived thanks to the dose of THC. Inflammation plays a major role in the devastation wreaked by Alzheimer’s. It had been thought that this was due to the immune system’s response.
Yet now we know better. In fact, it is the nerve cells that are responsible for this phenomenon. At a molecular level, THC played a critical role in partially reversing Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Brain cells have receptors that can be triggered by endocannabinoids. Marijuana has a unique effect on these endocannabinoids. Marijuana is after all a psychoactive drug. Also physical exercise seemed to have a salubrious effect on Alzheimer’s.