By now, most of us are aware that medical marijuana can treat symptoms of illnesses like cancer and PTSD, but what about CBD for Dementia? Recent studies have shown that medical marijuana may be extremely beneficial to dementia patients.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is not a specific disease, but a broad term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with everyday life. There are many different levels of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s (60-80% of cases.) Vascular dementia is the second most common, which occurs after a stroke. There are several other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, as well.
Symptoms of Dementia can vary, but the most widespread are:
- Memory Issues
- Communication and Speech Problems
- Inability to Focus or Pay Attention
- Problems with Visual Perception
Why and How Can Cannabis (Specifically CBD) Treat Dementia?
Medical marijuana has the ability to treat a vast array of symptoms due to something called endocannabinoid receptors. These receptors are built-in to the human body, in every major organ, including the brain.
Dementia is caused by damage to cells in the brain. This damage comes from a combination of aging and a build-up of protein or plaque. The damaged brain cells interfere with communication between parts of the brain, which is responsible for the changes in thinking and behavior.
The Hippocampus is the region of the brain that is responsible for learning and memory. The Hippocampus is usually the first part of the brain to be affected, which is why memory loss is commonly the first symptom to appear. The endocannabinoid receptors in the brain (specifically the Hippocampus) respond to CBD, which is how it treats the symptoms.
While CBD can’t cure Dementia, it can treat the symptoms associated with it like irritability, pain, anxiety, depression, muscle spasms, sleep disorder, mood swings, and nervousness. Treating these symptoms alone can be enough to change someone’s life!
There are currently several drugs on the market for treating Dementia. Cannabis, however, is an effective and safer option as it does not carry any severe side effects many prescription drugs can produce.