Medical Marijuana for Dementia

Is Medical Cannabis Effective for Dementia Patients?

10 million new cases of dementia are recorded each year throughout the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Dementia is a term that refers to a variety of memory and cognitive function disorders. The Mayo Clinic has a list of symptoms of dementia. The symptoms are perplexity, personality change, sadness, and communication difficulties.

Andreas Zimmer has found that medical cannabis may benefit dementia patients as early as 2005 in a study conducted by the United States National Health Institute. He is not alone in this conclusion. Other studies have come to the same conclusions as well.

Understanding Dementia

Approximately 70% of dementia cases include Alzheimer’s disease. According to WHO, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease worldwide. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease yet.; instead, the only way to reduce your stress level and be more mentally aware of progression is by detecting and treating accompanying illness as well as living a healthy lifestyle.

Several factors have been identified as risk factors for dementia by the World Health Organization (WHO), including smoking, high blood pressure, inactivity, obesity, alcoholism, social isolation, and cognitive inactivity and  Up to 9% of cases occur in young people, but it most commonly occurs among the elderly. It is expected that by 2030, there will be more individuals with dementia.

Effects of cannabis on dementia

By 2018, several laboratories had begun researching the effects of THC on dementia. In 2017, Zimmer published research in Nature demonstrating that THC given for up to 28 days improved learning and memory in young, mature, and old mice.

According to Nature, “the treated mature and old mice showed similar patterns of synaptic connections and gene expression to untreated young mice.” Key findings from the National Institutes of Health have shown how medical cannabis is effective in treating neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia such as insomnia and agitation.

Further, medical marijuana doctors report that ten patients with chronic pain got better when given THC/CBD-rich medication according to a study published in Karger’s journal in 2019. Patients received a daily dose of three grams of medical cannabis thrice a day, to begin with, and then twice a month using the “start low, go slow” protocol. This suggests that medical cannabis can be an effective treatment for chronic pain, and warrants further study.

Researchers found that nurses reported less overall stiffness in nearly all patients. In addition, they reported more relaxed faces, shoulders, limbs, and necks when compared to the control group, which made washing and transfers easier and more pleasant. The CBD and THC properties of medical cannabis may help to treat many symptoms of dementia in the future.

*DigiDrs is not offering this as professional medical advice. Do not attempt to self diagnose, or prescribe treatment based on the information provided in these pages. Consult a physician before making decisions on the treatment of any of these medical conditions.

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