THC could quite possibly be the first working treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s is a greatly debilitating disease.
The main symptom is memory loss, and that memory loss can be so severe that a person is left totally helpless and can die. It is a terrible way to go and currently, there are no treatments, let alone cures.
Affecting over 50 million Americans alone, it is definitely worth looking into absolutely anything that could possibly help.
Here we will discuss THC as an option.
What is THC?
THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. It is found in marijuana and is what is responsible for the mind-altering effects that smoking or ingesting weed gives you.
It is also what provides pain relief from symptoms arising from ailments ranging from HIV to PTSD.
THC works by getting into the bloodstream and working its way to the brain, where it blocks certain receptors. Often these are pain receptors.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Most people think of Alzheimer’s as dementia on steroids. While that is most definitely true, there are even more symptoms. It is an awful disease, both for the person suffering from it and for those who love and/or take care of that person.
In addition to memory loss, aggression, agitation, depression, mood swings, lethargy, and loss of appetite are symptoms. People can wander off. This is dangerous for a myriad of reasons since they rarely are able to find their way home. In time, Alzheimer’s will most likely just keep getting worse and worse.
Alzheimer’s is not just simple forgetfulness. It will eventually destroy a person. Imagine having to go to the bathroom but not remembering that you need to find a toilet in order to do so. Or that toilet paper exists. Or that you should clean up afterward. Or how to get back to where you need to be after you are done in the bathroom.
The list goes on and can get way worse, too. Often people wander off in the dead of winter, not thinking to bring warm clothing along and having no clue of who they are, where they came from or how to get home. Even if they are lucky enough to have someone find them and try to help, it is still not an easy feat to get them back home if they do not know where home is.
Alzheimer’s patients also require around-the-clock care, which is not easy or cheap to come by.
How Can THC Help?
It is thought that there is some sort of “plaque” that can turn to clumps in the brain, which may cause Alzheimer’s. This is similar to the plaque that can build up in your arteries or on your teeth—a devastating problem if left to grow.
These clumps of plaque can get in the way of normal brain activity and even cause tangles in brain tissue. The more clumps and tangles, the more severe the problem. Recently, a study suggested that THC can help to remove the “plaque” which may cause Alzheimer’s Disease from your brain by removing clumps of toxic protein. [R][R]
Needless to say, the less clumps the better. It would be beneficial to stop the clumps from growing or becoming more numerous. It would be literally life-changing if it were possible to get the clumps to shrink or disappear altogether.
While THC has not yet been proven to do so in humans, evidence found in studies of lab rats with memory problems is very strongly suggesting it may be possible. THC given to these forgetful rodents did indeed show their memories to improve. With further research, a cure just might be had from THC. [R]
Alzheimer’s is one of the cruelest and worst diseases out there. Cancer is of course also absolutely terrible, but at least there are options for attempting to treat it. Many people are able to overcome cancer. No one is able to overcome Alzheimer’s, at least yet anyway.
With this recently acquired information regarding THC being able to assist with lessening if not eliminating protein clumps in the brain, the world may be in for a big change for the better in the future. Even if you are opposed to the use of marijuana for recreational use, it may be worth looking in to for medical purposes, and not just people who claim to have migraines, either.
Early-onset Alzheimer’s can hit people even in their 30s. It can be so bad that they wind up in a nursing home. They can be there for decades, as their bodies are otherwise in nearly mint condition and it is just their mind that is affected. That is a terrible life for them and their loved ones.
If marijuana, or something that can be synthesized out of it, can help, it is by all means worth looking into.