Alzheimer’s is a progressive cognitive disorder that, unfortunately, isn’t yet curable. Over 6 million people in the United States live with Alzheimer’s disease, and the impact of AD is far-reaching. Alzheimer’s disease burdens individuals, loved ones, and caregivers, making research into new treatments invaluable.
Medical marijuana has shown to be helpful in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. With the help of cannabis, those suffering from AD may experience relief from many symptoms and live more comfortable lives.
Aggression and Anxiety in Alzheimer’s Patients
Aggression and anxiety are two symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease that may be helped with the use of medical marijuana. These symptoms are likely to occur in people with AD due to changes in the environment, communication problems, and physical discomfort.
Medical marijuana use is connected with relaxation, feelings of calm, and reduced motor activity. These effects of marijuana, provided by compounds called cannabinoids, may reduce aggression and anxiety in people with Alzheimer’s. By easing agitation, marijuana use can help Alzheimer’s patients feel more comfortable.
Medical Marijuana for the Progression of Alzheimer’s
A beta-amyloid protein called beta-amyloid 42 can create plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. When these plaques collect around the neurons in the brain, it can cause disrupted brain cell function.
Research has revealed that medical marijuana can reduce the production of beta-amyloid proteins and prevent inflammation in the nerve cells as a result of beta-amyloids. Inflammation is closely connected to brain damage due to Alzheimer’s disease, so that medical marijuana may have a positive effect on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Though further research needs to be done on medical marijuana use for Alzheimer’s patients, it may be beneficial for some individuals with AD. However, consulting an experienced cannabis doctor to determine if medical marijuana could be effective for your case of Alzheimer’s disease is essential. Reach out to Tetra Health Centers at 813-898-8009 for a medical marijuana evaluation to learn more.