Scientists at the Salk Institute have found that THC and other compounds found in Marijuana may be a key treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Basically these compounds promote the removal of a toxic protein called beta amyloid which causes inflammation leading to memory loss and inability to perform daily tasks. Other studies on Marijuana have shown that these compounds can be protective to the brain cells however this study goes beyond protection and actually may decrease the inflammation and remove the toxic proteins. This is a huge finding.
Alzheimer’s disease is such a horrible sentence. According to the National Institute of Health this disease is a leading cause of death and affects more than 5 million Americans. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 in 3 seniors will die from Alzheimer’s or Dementia and this disease is projected to triple in number by the year 2050. There is no cure for this disease, prevention is key. A diet of whole organic foods, avoiding sugar, getting plenty of sleep and exercise has been shown to decrease your chances of this disease.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the top 5 early signs of Alzheimer’s is:
- Memory Loss especially recently learned information.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
- Confusion with time or place.
- Trouble understanding visual images and spacial relationships.
My husband and I cared for his grandmother who had this disease. It was heartbreaking to see her decline and eventually lose her life to this disease. My hat goes off to the brilliant researchers who work so hard at finding a cure.
NEJM August 8, 2013; 369:540-548