Is cannabis helpful in treating patients with Alzheimer’s disease? This discussion has been going on for a long time. In early 2008, there were several reports that were proposing the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids on patients suffering from dementia but the breakthrough was made by a group of scientists whose per-clinical paper concluded the potential the rapeutic effects of THC on Alzheimer’s disease.
These research papers mainly argued about therapeutic low dosage of THC that could directly bind to a protein called amyloid-beta, which is said to be mainly responsible for the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease. This will help in preventing the formation that will eventual breakdown the amyloid-beta plaques around neurons.
Though the research is promising and shows how helpful medical marijuana can be in treating issues related to dementia diseases, there are still some issues that didn’t let this confirm that medical marijuana works well in Alzheimer’s.
Here are some of those points that still create a matter of suspense in this research:
It has been said by many research groups that just because a drug can be effective in treating certain diseases, it doesn’t mean it can be safely used by everyone.
As thorough research couldn’t be held due to illegality of cannabis around the world, not much could be specified about its medical usage.
Apart from all these discussions, India Globalization Capital, a pharmaceutical company has bought the exclusive rights to U.S patent filling for protecting cannabis based treatment for America’s most expensive diseases. Now IGC is going to take it to clinical trials so it can be approved before being sent for FDA approval.
After diverse clinical trials, it has been seen that the side effects of THC and other cannabis compounds are tolerable to most patients and diminish over time. So it seems that soon medical marijuana would be out there as a prescribed and the most affordable medication for patients suffering from dementia.
Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.