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When it comes to using marijuana to treat the effects of Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, which affects more than 24.3 million people around the world, the jury is still out.

Benefits of Cannabinoids

Among the benefits of cannabis-based treatments, which are chiefly defended by scientists in Spain and Israel, is a possible improvement in memory loss.

In 2008, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) hosted a symposium of cannabis experts, where it was revealed that one of the compounds present in cannabis significantly slows memory loss. This is just one of the results from research protocols launched twelve years ago by the RPSGB designed specifically for the exploration of cannabis as a treatment option for patients with severe pain, or multiple sclerosis.

The use of cannabis to treat memory loss was tested successfully in laboratory mice, and scientists want to continue the trials with human subjects, in spite of the fact that there is some concern about possible harmful mind-altering effects caused by the compound in question, cannabidiol, although researchers stress that this compound is not a hallucinogen.

Risks of Cannabis Use by Alzheimer's Disease Patients

The problem with recommending cannabis for Alzheimer's disease patients is that cannabidiol is not the only compound found in marijuana. There is another -THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol - which is the source of cannabis's psychoactivity.

While THC has been proven to be beneficial in increasing the appetites of AIDS and cancer chemotherapy patients who tend to literally waste away, it is also suspected to have damaging effects on memory, and therefore should not be used on patients who already have memory disorders.
Pro-cannabis researchers point out that clinical trials would use only the non-psynhoactive components of cannabis, and that such treatments are not at all similar to recreational use of marijuana.

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nurse1946 | Oct 2, 2013
 
Hi guys, I have a long history of Alzheimer's in my family, I'm a retired nurse and desperate to try hash oil to vaporize but I don't know what strain to get I don't live in a legal state but I've done the research. A friend is going to get it from a dispensary in Colorado but she doesn't know that much about hash oil vaporizing either or the price. She brought me some for about $40.00 but it just put me to sleep, I haven't smoked in over 30 years. I'd appreciate anyone help to get me started vaping. I definitely believe in cannabis
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Guest | May 15, 2013
 
My mom has alzheimers already so I don't care if she loses more memory. I would like to know if marijuana will help her appetite & make her less agressive? Any thoughts?
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Guest | May 3, 2012
 
The bottom line to all of this is that modern medicine needs to look at any and ALL forms of cures for humanities ailments not just what western medicine commonly prescribes to its patients.Recently my mother who is 70 broke her leg at the ankle.Because she has bone loss the break was severe to the point of possibly needing amputation.After her surgery the hospital dropped the ball and turfed her out after 3 days because they needed the bed space-in other words (GREED).Before and immediate following her operation she was lucid but somehow afterwards she showed signs of dementia.While we still don't know the exact cause of this ,she also was kicked loose without proper pain management which could be attributing to her mental state being in so much pain.She was transferred to a nursing home that was ill equipped to handle her because she wasn't fixed and stable.In addition to completely screwing up her medication regime and taking her off many meds and not putting her back on them they also lowered her pain meds to Tramadol or Ultram which doesn't take care of severe pain.My father and I fought endlessly to get her back on better pain meds.However the nursing home had to have an on call doctor take care of that and he was on vacation.So sadly we illegally snuck her in some "medicated blueberry cake".My father has a card so it was purchased legally.Immediately her blood sugar went back to normal and her vitals settled down because she wasn't in as much pain.Also she was finally able to get some rest.We shouldn't of had to medicate my mother illegally.We tried to go through the system but this system failed us badly and for several days she was in extreme pain.She is diabetic as well which wasn't being managed.If I had to do this again I would and wouldn't care about the legality.When you see your loved one suffering you do whats required and to hell with the law.
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Guest | Mar 8, 2012
 
Hi, i would like to know the bennefits in the treatment bof parkinsonīs disease
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Guest | Feb 26, 2012
 
I am actually wondering if anyone has read the article above. Just to summarise marijuana has NO PROVEN medical benefit in any randomised trial. " The jury is still out" is a polite way of saying there is no evidence. "Pro-cannabis researchers point out that clinical trials would use only the non-psynhoactive components of cannabis, and that such treatments are not at all similar to recreational use of marijuana." - and they know this how? THC was the compound normally tested in 2006 ...in a test tube...using computer modelling..was shown to inhibit an enzyme...and the claim was extrapolated that this "reversed Alzheimers" As for the coconut oil please.............a few unverified drawings and everyone has discovered the next Lorenzo's oil...
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Guest | Jan 1, 2012
 
i have been a caregiver to my mom,using budder,cannaoil,andcookies which help immensely in her agitation,appetite,mood for the last 5 years,she is88,it has kept her out of nursing home,she doesnt take any other meds.andblood pressureand vitals are normal,i hope this will help othercaregivers to give it a try.
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Guest | Jan 1, 2012
 
ihave been a caregiver to my mom for 5 yearswith A.D.i use budder,cannaoil,edibels.It has made a world of difference in her contentment,and appetite,mood.she is88yearsold and her bp and vitals are normal
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Guest | Nov 16, 2011
 
Another natural substance highly effective at treating Alzheimer's Disease is coconut oil. The ketones are like fuel for the brain (AD is also called "diabetes type 3"), nourishing it so that it can function properly. Dr. Mary Newport had extraordinary positive results in helping her husband with his early onset AD by feeding him several tablespoons of coconut oil each day. Review her info here: http://www.coconutketones.com
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Guest | Oct 24, 2011
 
I was watching an add for athritise the other day and it had more side affects than it was wearth takeing. one of the side affects was death.to be accurate I believe that I counted 20 different side affects for help with one problem. now i'm not an expert or anything but if i find something natural that works (like weed}and is not going to kill me by takeing it then call me crazy because that's what i will be doing.JUst like the canadian college profeser that a compound called {DCA}has a real good chance at cureing cancer. Thats right I said CURE!!!!! if you don't think so look it up goggle CANCER CURE that is if they have'nt pulled the video yet.
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Kushie Q | May 1, 2011
 
If you have ever dealt with a loved one who has Alzheimer's and watched the life slip from their eyes, anything that might help is a great thing. This is a horrendous disease that strips the very soul from someone and if MMJ can help in any way give them and their loved ones more time, go for it. Please, world you need to realize the multiple benefits of this God given product.
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sbsdewb | Apr 23, 2011
 
This is such a wonderful thing to read. I love knowing all the wonderful and life changing effect that medical marijuana does and can do for us. I truly enjoy reading stories such as this.
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Marijuanamama | Mar 15, 2011
 
This is a wonderful thing to hear. I've had a few members of my family suffer from Alzheimer's and it's not a good thing. It is terrible for everyone, those who suffer and those who have to watch. If anything will assist in the struggle that an Alzheimer patient has to endure then it has to be a good thing. Continue the work towards definitely making it available to all in need.
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lindzzz | Mar 15, 2011
 
Alzheimer's is one of the most mentally painful ailments that a person and their family can go through. I currently work at an Alzheimer's Center as a chef, and I know from experience how detrimental Alzheimer's can be to even the simplest of functions, such as eating or speaking. People often think that only old people can exhibit Alzheimer's, but many people start showing symptoms in their mid-thirties. Early discovery can help to slow the progress of Alzheimer's, but there is currently no cure. I think that they should definitely push forward the research they are doing on cannabidiol. The current medications that they use to treat Alzheimer's seem to cause very harmful side effects while producing little or no improvement, from what I see at the Alzheimer's Center.
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CannabisGril | Mar 14, 2011
 
I love hearing all the great things that medical marijuana can and does help people with. I have been lucky because personally I have no family or friends that suffer with Alzheimer's Disease and if I ever do medical marijuana will be on my list to try and see if it helps them.
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HolyKush | Mar 8, 2011
 
This is great news. I'm glad they are really looking at all the different ailments that marijuana can help. I would rather smoke marijuana than to take any of the medications that can have potentially deadly effects. I hope they keep this research going strong!