One of the most interesting potential applications of medical marijuana is in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Few diseases are more difficult and tragic for both the patient and their loved ones than Alzheimer’s. Although cannabis does not offer a cure, it can potentially alleviate and in some cases, reverse symptoms and provide relief and comfort to those who suffer from the disease.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder, which means that its symptoms, which affect the brain, are progressive. Those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease often experience memory loss, issues with speech, emotional distress, and dementia. Very little can be done to treat Alzheimer’s patients, and patients often require full-time care eventually.
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The appetite-stimulating effects of marijuana are one of its most well-known characteristics. These properties mean that medical marijuana is often utilized to help treat chemotherapy and HIV/AIDS patients who are struggling with a lack of appetite, but can it be useful in treating anorexia? Let’s take a closer look.
What is Anorexia?
If you’re unfamiliar with the condition, anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by body dysmorphia, obsession with body weight and image, and a self-imposed lack of eating resulting in extreme weight loss. This disorder may have psychological roots, but its physical effects can be devastating and ultimately life-threatening if not treated.
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