Alzheimers and Marijuana
Have you ever known anyone who had Alzheimers? Take a moment and think about your circle of people you care for. Your parents, your grandparents. Maybe a spouse or significant other or maybe just a close friend that means something to you. We all have special people in our lives that we can’t imagine losing.
Now imagine that person is full of life and then one day, she forgets something. Like maybe she didn’t take her medicine or walked out of the kitchen and the water boils over. We always experience that in life. We all laugh about it. We all walk into the living room and can’t remember what we went in there for.
Then one day, you start noticing things. Little things. She calls you by the wrong name. She can’t remember your birthday. You begin noticing she is getting more and more forgetful, and somethings are starting to cause you concern. She ends up in the hospital eventually.
After a battery of tests, the news it not good. Alzheimers. The once vibrant person you loved becomes someone you don’t even know. Then she is slipping into senility. You are losing her, and you are clueless. The days become longer; she stares into space. She’s there but she isn’t. She grabs you a begs you to not put her in a care facility. But it can’t be helped. She is a harm to herself and others. She doesn’t understand why you did this too her. Doctors are not encouraging. There is nothing they can give her.
But wait! What if there is a better way? What if they had a treatment they could provide? There was an article written a while back about how scientists are researching how marijuana may become a cure For Alzheimers Disease. Its research into medical cannabis was finding that marijuana may be the key to curing the cognitive decline that patients with Alzheimer’s experience.
Over the past 15 years, scientific evidence has been accumulating, which support the theory that certain cannabinoids may be beneficial for the treatment of Alzheimers disease. Greenbits reported in 2019 that the organization of clinical studies for the effectiveness of using medical marijuana for Alzheimers and dementia has been impossible. No clinical ethics board would approve using a federally scheduled drug on people with an irreversible, progressive brain disease. Then things began to change when studies were showing promise of cannabis treating epilepsy and someone somewhere said, “What if?”
Even the long-standing federal ban was still on, researchers and institutions around the globe began looking into what other therapeutic benefits could be derived from cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds. An article in Discover magazine in February 2020 talked about a man, Andreas Zimmer, Germany’s most respected neuroscientists, that was working with mice trying to get the older mice to act like the young ones again. He wasn’t using performance drug, special training or even a special diet. What was making them become young and active again? It’s simple. He kept them slightly stoned. Everyday. The results were staggering.
Basically, Zimmer keeps them very slightly stoned. Since the world is slowly relaxing their stance on the legality of marijuana, other well known medical facilities are jumping on board to find the cure to Alzheimers through medical marijuana. Two famous places, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School are already suggesting that at least some of the benefits of THC can lead down the road to, if not a cure, at least a slowly down or slight reversal of the disease.
In Denver, Colorado on March 25, 2021 Globes Newswire ran an article announcing that CBD may be the key for Alzheimers disease, according to researchers from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta University. As more and more studies come to light and more and more diseases are hooked to research looking for cures with medical marijuana, would it not make sense for us to legalize it and let the results speak for themselves.
Marijuana has kept the world in a tailspin for centuries. Healing to harmful and now back to healing again. It has been as an unnecessary evil to a hope and a dream to solve medical diseases we have been researching for years. How ironic would it be that one of the things our government fights against the most could be the very thing it has been looking for in medical research. It boggles the mind.