But more research is needed to understand the long-term effects of taking cannabis, and whether it is an effective and safe way to tackle dementia symptoms.
This is because we have not received any high-quality applications from researchers intending to investigate these issues.
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Alzheimer’s Society has never funded research into cannabis and dementia risk, or into cannabis as a potential treatment for dementia symptoms.
A study is currently underway at King’s College London that will look at whether a mouth spray containing cannabinoids could be used to reduce symptoms of agitation and aggression in a small group of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Whilst the studies in the laboratory show some promise, we need to understand the wider effects that these components have before we can know whether they have any effect – positive or negative – on the development of Alzheimer’s in people.
Of the roughly 400 compounds in cannabis, less than half are specific to marijuana and hemp (both varieties of cannabis). One of the best-known and fascinating of these compounds is CBD. The more we learn about CBD, the more it appears to have potent medicinal potential. Could CBD hold the key to a wide range of therapeutic effects – including memory loss? It might, but further research is needed.
Another study from the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that “CBD has beneficial effects in patients with schizophrenia.” Researchers claim that, since the compound’s activity is independent of dopamine receptor antagonism, it may “represent a new class of treatment” for schizophrenia.
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Furthermore, according to a study in Frontiers in Pharmacology, CBD may promote neurogenesis – the growth and development of neurons. Neurogenesis reduces the deterioration of cognitive functions. In this specific study, mice were injected with an induced Alzheimer’s condition before receiving CBD treatment. The CBD was effective in reversing the cognitive deficits of the mice.
A separate Australian review suggests similar functions of CBD. After reviewing 27 publications in peer-reviewed journals, researchers determined that CBD improves cognition in “preclinical models of cognitive impairment.” Cognitive impairment models of the study include the following disorders:
Cognitive Decline (CD), the scientific term for memory loss, is common among people over 50. We all forget an appointment or misplace our keys from time to time, but CD is different. Imagine doing something like misplacing your keys but doing it multiple times a day. Then imagine doing it in combination with severe behavioral and thought changes.