Studies have suggested that marijuana can help rejuvenate the brains cognitive aging for more patients dealing with dementia. It is currently one of the most serious problems scientists have had to face. We all think about the quality of life, for many, but mostly for the elderly. It is not fun to think about problems with memory, decision making or even having logical thinking.
Alzheimer’s is one disease that is embraced with dementia, among other problems. Although this can be inevitable in some cases, there can be a solution to the problem, marijuana for patients with dementia.
There has been evidence that suggests that the human endocannabinoid system (a system of CB1 and CB2 receptors that take part in many vital processes of the body) is involved in the process of aging.
Studies suggests that marijuana rejuvenates the brain for patients with dementia. The endocannabinoid system is activated by cannabis. That is why researchers from California suggest that cannabis can be the solution for Alzheimer’s.
Interesting results have been revealed during testing!
German scientists who researches for the nature Medicine Journal, published that the daily dosage of THC improves cognitive skills of older mice and influenced younger mice negatively.
These scientists gave three groups of mice a daily dose of THC. These mice were then tested on how well they could cope with a maze, also how well their memory had worked.
Younger mice (2 months old), turned out to cope without drugs really well while acing their tests. Older mice (18 months) had problems with the maze and struggled.
One month of THC administrations lead to some amazing results. The older mice did perfectly while the performance of the younger mice plummeted. Additionally, the improvement of cognitive performance in older mice remained for several weeks.
What does these kind of tests mean?
This kind of research is impossible to conduct on human patients, but nevertheless, very promising in its results. It is still rather difficult to conduct cannabis research, but scientists hope that will soon change.
“These results reveal a profound, long-lasting improvement of cognitive performance resulting from a low dose of THC treatment in mature and old animals”.
German scientists explain the success of drugs by the normalizing of the endocannabinoid system, that normally gets impaired with age.
While it might be too early to discuss the treatment of dementia with marijuana, scientists still hope to discover this important challenge to help many others with this disease.