Cannabis has remained a controversial topic for ages. There have been several debates and discussions regarding the ill-effects as well as the positive effect of this herb. Even though recreational marijuana has been legalized in Canada a few months back in October 2018, the medical benefits of cannabis are yet to be established in the country. While studies are going on for verifying the medical benefits of cannabis on mental and physical health, many claim cannabis to have a positive impact on people suffering from Alzheimers disease. Though there is no scientific report backing the claim, a significant number of people are considering cannabis an option for treating Alzheimers.
What is Cannabis?
Before proceeding to learn the medical benefits of marijuana on people diagnosed with Alzheimers, it will be better to know a few basic details regarding cannabis. Also known as marijuana, it is rich in chemical compound named cannabinoids, especially tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Many strains also carry CBD, Cannabidiol, and it is the level of THC and CBD in different cannabis strain that determines the psychoactive level of the drug. So far, researchers have pointed out around 70 types of cannabinoids and their possible effects. While cannabinoids are naturally present in marijuana, it can be produced synthetically as well, and one such example is nabilone. It is widely used for dealing with vomiting as well as nausea problems related to chemotherapy
Effects of Cannabis on Alzheimers
Cannabinoids present in marijuana works by interacting with endocannabinoid system, which is the cell receptors network of the human body. This is the system responsible for regulating the endocannabinoids, which form naturally in the human body. Thus, interacting with this system certainly makes a significant impact in controlling several functions of the body. As the cannabinoid receptors are more in brain compared to any other organs or tissues, it is assumed that consuming cannabis will make a significant impact in the brain of Alzheimers’s patients. As the cannabinoids start acting on the receptor network, brain cells start communicating with each other and make a significant impact on learning, memory, mood, pain as well as appetite of the patient.
Medical Benefits of Cannabis on Alzheimer’s Patients
Marijuana has always been a debated topic in the medical community and researchers have been conducting extensive studies to learn about the long-term benefits of marijuana on human health. Though there is no strong evidence indicating the benefits of marijuana on Alzheimer’s disease, some studies indicate that using cannabis for a continuous period of time can help in the dealing with memory problems to some extent.
Some of the medical trials have also proven the fact that cannabis can successfully deal with behavioral problems of patients suffering from dementia. Though the cases reported are few, but cannabis has successfully helped in dealing with agitation and aggression related problems. However, to establish the benefits of marijuana on Alzheimer, researchers need to conduct more complex studies.
Possible Side Effects of Cannabis on Alzheimer’s Patients
Even though doctors are yet to prescribe cannabis for treating behavioral or mental problems related to Alzheimer, many people have started relying on this herb and have received positive impact. However, there are side effects of the herb as well. To avoid the side-effect and get the condition triggered further, it is always recommended to use the right amount of dosage. Excess use of the drug will be of no benefit to the patient. Some reports also indicate that long term overuse of the drug may also lead to memory problems in the patient and worsening of his condition. Also, it is recommended to avoid synthetic cannabinoid for the treatment of Alzheimer as it triggers the condition further.
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