Alzheimer’s Disease May Not Be an Occurrence in Pot Smokers
Smoking pot has recently in thought to stave off Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers show that the active ingredient in marijuana can prevent deposits forming in the brain that are associated with the degenerative disease.
The Scripps Research Institute in California has researchers working around-the-clock to look at the active ingredient in marijuana. This is commonly known as THC and is responsible for preventing an enzyme from accelerating the formation of what is known as Alzheimer plaques within the brain more effectively than drugs commercially marketed.
THC is also effective at blocking protein clumps that can cause memory loss as well as cognition loss in Alzheimer’s patients. In the Journal of Molecular Pharmaceutics, researchers have talked about their discovery and how it can lead to better drug treatment for patients of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is also the leading cause of dementia amongst senior citizens.
Memory loss, diminished language skills, impaired decision-making skills, and a loss of movement skills are all symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The cause of the disease is still unknown, though many doctors believe it is hereditary.
Marijuana has a ready been proven to relieve the side effects of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy as well as the side effects of AIDS treatments. It is also commonly prescribed to help those with glaucoma.
Pot smokers around the world may rejoice because they may have consumed enough of the THC over the users to block the proteins associated with memory and cognition loss effectively enough to not be at risk for Alzheimer’s. While research is still being done, it is yet another way that Marijuana can be used medicinally. The cannabis plant that marijuana comes from has a number of active ingredients and each of them are thought to have health properties of one sort or another – as research around the world is quickly proving.