Alzheimer's and marijuana

Published Jan 29, 2019 01:41 p.m. ET

 Alzheimer's disease is a common form of dementia. Dementia is best described as the loss of cognitive abilities, the loss of memory and the struggles of daily living. Cannabidiol(CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) both can have positive effects on the patient's disease.

Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, the symptoms start slowly and get worse Symptoms to include memory problems, recognition problems difficulty with speech personality and behavioral changes and can include disorientation. There are no approved cures. However, there are options for treatment.

One such option is ingesting THC, a component in cannabis is known to slow beta-amyloid production. This protein is found in the patient's system. Cutting down this production can prevent nerve cell death.

THC is thought to remove amyloid from the brain, a toxic component. It builds up almost like a plaque in the brains of Alzheimer patients this reaction causes inflammation. Certain marijuana strains are known to reduce inflammation.

Here are some strains of cannabis that can best assist in diminishing some of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Purple Kush indica marijuana strain

This is a hybrid – indica dominant marijuana strain. This strain honors its name with dark, dense purple buds. The bud has strong THC levels, allowing the body to relax, this strain induces a long-lasting calming effect. It is great for mood swings often associated with Alzheimer's disease.

OK Kush

This strain is high on the THC level and can be used for ADD and patients suffering from stress-related symptoms, depending on the Alzheimer patient’s condition this strain has been proven useful to them.

Sour Diesel


A sativa dominant strain, which can have a positive effect on the mood swings that can accompany the disease. It has proven to also help with pain or depression.

If you choose to try this form of medicating for this disease, make sure your health practitioner is educated in medical marijuana and on board with it. Be very careful to ensure the dosage and ratio of THC/CBD is correct. Failure to ensure this could cause damage to the patient.

Does smoking marijuana really prevent Alzheimer's?

Let's look at another beneficial way of using another component of marijuana, CBD in the treatment of Alzheimer. CBD may help to remove dementia from brain cells.

There are three ways that it can help: CBD is known to aid in reducing inflammation, aid in reducing oxygen buildup and is a brain stimulant and neuroprotectant. The prevention of more cognitive deficits occurring could be due to the usage of CBD.

There are many forms of consuming CBD. There is inhaling, pill form, gel caps, patches and squeezed under the tongue to mention are a few.

CBD has mild, if any side effects, as compared to prescription drugs, which can bring the onset of digestive problems, bruising, dizziness and increased confusion, these symptoms maybe not occur but are a still worth mentioning, just in case.

Choosing the right method of treatment for your patient or loved one needs to be taken slowly, be patient and do your research.



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