CBD for Alzheimer's Disease
“My mother is 80 yrs old and has Alzheimer’s, and I have heard about CBD oil being beneficial to slowing disease progression. I don’t need medical marijuana services or a card but would like to understand how CBD is used dosed and benefit/risk. I would rather speak to clinicians than dealers or enthusiasts. If you can advise or even send me where I can get safe advise please let me know.
Thank you for your time. Mary E.”
Dear Mary, thanks for your question. We’ll do our best to provide you with actionable answers.
Before we delve into this, we’d like to say that we have readers in a similar situation who are also interested in the potential of medical cannabis to treat Alzheimer’s disease, so we’re not only going to talk about clinical and lab studies related to CBD but to THC as well. Some of the studies mentioned herein involved a combination of THC and CBD.
First off, we’d like to start with a caveat. There are no research studies that actually prove that either CBD or THC can cure Alzheimer’s Disease. Furthermore, more research needs to be done to determine the long-term effects of cannabis.
That being said, however, studies on the use of cannabis to treat the symptoms of the disease such as agitation and rigidity have shown promise. Moreover, there is some evidence — but again, no actual proof — that the use of cannabis might prevent or delay the onset of dementia and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Today, more than 30 states have approved the use of either THC or CBD to treat a variety of medical conditions. At least 13 of those states have looked at the body of evidence and decided that it is strong enough to add Alzheimer’s Disease to their list of qualifying conditions. This fact alone speaks volumes as to the efficacy of medical cannabis in reducing these symptoms.
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