As Alzheimer’s Disease is currently on the list of approved diseases for the Illinois Pilot Program, what does medical marijuana do to help patients suffering from it?
Alzheimer’s Disease is a common disease developed normally in a persons sixties that can slowly cause memory loss, reduction of thinking abilities and even the loss of common everyday abilities. This happens due to proteins that build up into plaques that cause tangles in the brain as well as causes neurons to stop functioning and eventually die. There are treatments for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, however, there are currently no known cures for it.
Marijuana is one of the alternate treatment options for Alzheimer’s Disease that patients can take advantage of in Illinois. But what exactly does it do to help?
THC in small doses can actually slow the progression of the amyloid beta protein in the brain, which is one of the main proteins that causes plaque buildups and eventually leads to Alzheimer’s. Additionally CBD, another compound in marijuana, has also shown promise in helping prevent brain-cell death and inflammation caused by the amyloid beta protein. Although Marijuana is either legal or medically approved to treat Alzheimer’s Disease, anecdotal evidence suggests that Marijuana is a natural and viable treatment for this awful disease.
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