Qualified Debilitating Medical Conditions
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disease of the brain that leads to the irreversible loss of neurons and dementia. Alzheimer’s slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and eventually makes it extremely difficult for patients to perform even the simplest of tasks.
Unfortunately there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s and there is no proven treatment to slow its progression, however, there are treatment options that may improve mental function. Pharmaceuticals can produce unwanted side effects including but not limited to nausea, vomiting and appetite loss. Other side effects of Alzheimer’s would include insomnia and sleep disturbances, anxiety and depression.
Medical Cannabis and Alzheimer’s Disease
Cannabis can be used to simultaneously treat both the symptoms and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Heavy indica strains can be great for insomnia and reducing agitation while lighter sativas are great for anxiety and depression.
Cannabis is extremely beneficial in treating the side effects of prescription medications and new research shows that it could be one of the most effective medications for Alzheimer’s Disease. With regards to side effects of prescription medication, cannabis has show to reduce vomiting and nausea by reducing spasticity in the intestines and stomach. Furthermore, cannabis has been proven to increase appetite. More importantly, new research has shown that medical cannabis may actually prevent the formation of deposits in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
THC was found to prevent acetylcholinesterase from accelerating the formation of “Alzehimer Plaques” in the brain more effectively than commercially marketed pharmaceuticals. THC has also shown to be more effective at blocking proteins that inhibit memory and cognition in Alzheimer’s patients. Since cannabis is psychoactive it is important for Alzheimer’s patients to be very careful not to over-medicate, as the psychoactiveness can produce undesired effects that may exacerbate Alzheimer’s symptoms. Ask our dispensary technicians about safe dosing.