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.
Medical Marijuana as an Alzheimer’s Treatment
Because the body’s endocannabinoid system regulates and protects neurological function, it is believed that cannabis can potentially serve as a treatment for neurodegenerative disorders. While the research for the potential efficacy of medical marijuana as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is still ongoing, many findings have proven to be encouraging.
For example, a 2016 study found a significant decrease in dementia symptoms, including delusions, irritability, apathy, sleep distress, and aggression in Alzheimer’s patients who were given medical cannabis oil. Another study in the same year found that cannabinoids can actually remove the proteins in the brain cells that cause Alzheimer’s.
The implications of these findings are tremendous, but research is still going. However, the current research should be enough to inspire anyone who has a loved one that is suffering from Alzheimer’s to consider medical marijuana as a treatment.
Get Your Medical Marijuana Card
If you’re a resident of Florida and you’re interested in getting your medical marijuana card, contact Hakunah Matata Compassionate Care today to find out whether you qualify.