Sunday, June 23, 2013

Research Study Says Cannabis May Help Reverse Dementia From Alzheimer’s

A team from Neuroscience Research Australia is in the early stages of research examining if one of the main active ingredients in cannabis (cannabidiol), can reverse some of the symptoms of memory loss in animals.

Tim Karl, a senior research fellow with the group, said cannabidiol has been found to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant plus other effects that could be beneficial for the brain.

His study involved injecting cannabidiol into mice that had symptoms similar to those seen in Alzheimer’s.

Dr Karl found that when the mice were given the cannabidiol, they showed drastic improvement on parts of the tests that were related to recognizing and remembering objects and other mice.

According to Dr. Karl: “You could say it cured them.”

There have been reports in the medical literature that some marijuana smokers who had developed  Alzheimer’s disease, indicated their smoking seemed to relieve some of their symptoms.

This clinical research presents some intriguing findings and will be an interesting area of research to keep an eye on over the next few years, as more research is conducted on the effects of marijuana and cannabis on Alzheimer's disease.



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