Saturday, January 10, 2009

Cannabis cure for Alzheimer's

There are relatively only a handful of studies on the efficacy of medical marijuana because it's so difficult to get funding, much less authorization to conduct it, but here is one that shows great promise for marijuana based medicines that could cure Alzheimer's. Or at least mitigate some of its worst effects.
New research suggests that one of the active ingredients in marijuana—THC—and similar compounds could possibly prevent or even reverse one of the most devastating memory disorders of all: Alzheimer's disease.

In a paper published in the December 2008 issue of the journal Neurobiology of Aging, researchers found that a compound that affects the same brain receptors as THC reduced brain inflammation and improved memory in older rats. (The rodents were the human equivalent of age 65 to 70.) Although there's debate over the role played by inflammation in Alzheimer's, many researchers believe it's an important part of the process that causes dementia.
Marijuana, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, has been used medicinally for 10,000 years without one recorded overdose. It has already been proven to be useful in the treatment of a wide range of diseases. It's a shame that millions of terminally ill patients are denied its benefits because legitimate scientific inquiry is so often shut down by bureaucrats whose own interests are better served by continuing its total prohibition.

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Blogger Kevin McKague said...

The same could be said about nicotine, which has been shown to help memory in patients.

I have seen proof of this years ago, well before the studies were performed. Back in the late 80s, my grandmother was suffering from Alzheimers. She could not remember who I was, and although my father's face seemed familiar to her, she would confuse him with her own brother.

That is, until she lit up a cigarette. Barely a minute after she lit up, she was grandma again, and she was asking me about my latest baseball game, and recalled other details about my school.

Needless to say, I never objected to second-hand smoke from grandma again.

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Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Interesting Yerhonor. So glad to see you back to blogging, if not for the reason why.

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