CBD Shows Potential In Treating Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease
As CBD becomes more and more accepted by the general public as a natural remedy for various ailments, the medical world is also now beginning to realize CBD’s potential as a treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Research and investigation into CBD’s potential as a treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease are revealing that the compound may potentially be effective in treating this neurodegenerative disorder. But federal strictures continue to pose obstacles to investigation.
According to a report on alzheimers.com.uk, CBD could help to manage some of the behavioral symptoms of dementia, including agitation and aggression. But there is also evidence that CBD may target the underlying processes behind Alzheimer's Disease.
CBD For Cognitive Impairment
A research paper published by Frontiers in Pharmacology revealed that CBD has the ability to mitigate the effects caused by Alzheimer’s. Researchers conducted an extensive review of the antioxidant, neuroprotective, and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. The results of the study suggest that treatment with CBD may reduce cognitive impairment attributed to Alzheimer’s disease, making the compound a promising alternative to acetylcholine, which has no long-term effects on its symptoms.
Reports from this research also show that CBD may promote the growth and development of neurons in a process known as neurogenesis while inhibiting the deterioration of cognitive functions.
According to the report, researchers found that mice with Alzheimer’s Disease, when treated daily with CBD for one to three weeks, saw a marked reduction in neurodegeneration. Furthermore, eight months of treatment with CBD was shown to help restore social recognition memory.
CBD As a Neuroprotectant
According to a story in Cannabis Now, a preliminary study done by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, scientists grew nerve cells taken from a human brain to study factors that influence levels of a toxic protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The team exposed the neurons to CBD and found that these toxic proteins cleared up, reducing inflammation to the cells and allowing them to survive.
While the findings received little media attention, medical professionals began to take note. According to Dr. Michael Weiner, who conducts Alzheimer’s research at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, “It’s a very important discovery.”
Pharmaceutical treatments currently available are only used to manage the disease. They do not provide a cure or stop the growth of the disease. Treatments which effectively eliminate the disease are badly needed. CBD may offer hope. Research has shown that CBD may have the potential to stop the progression of the disease, and perhaps even reverse it.
In a positive sign, Cannabis Now reports that a growing number of nursing homes from coast to coast are tolerating the use of CBD tinctures and extracts to combat dementia, insomnia and related ailments.