Alzheimer’s – Medical Marijuana Helps Generate New Brain Cells

Marijuana is healing, but how does it help Alzheimer’s Disease? “Thankfully, one of the most effective things one can do to prevent it is to smoke or eat marijuana, which protects us from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by stimulating the brain to generate new brain cells, or neurons, and by reducing neuroinflammation.” Quoted from: “Marijuana – Gateway to Health” by Clint Werner.

Wow!   Generate new brain cells!  That’s awesome. Maybe there is some hope for Alzheimer sufferers after all. Good news. Let’s take a closer look.

Alzheimer's Brain vs Normal Brain
Alzheimer’s is a progressive and fatal brain disease that destroys the pathways of communication by making deposits of plaque and tangles on and around neurons. Neurons are brain cells that transmit electrical signals across synapses which are the gaps between that neurons. Plaque buildup disrupts the signals. Further research discovered that the plaque build up was actually inside the dying cells thus causing dementia.

Alzheimer’s Plaque Buildup
Above: Alzheimer’s plaque buildup

Alzheimer’s usually results from some type of infection and primarily affects only the areas of the brain involved in cognition. Sufferers forget vital skills, fail to recognize loved ones and may become nasty and violent. The body doesn’t die along with the mind so the disease can rage on for years creating a very trying and exhausting experience for friends and family.

Parts of the Brain Affected by Alzheimer's
Above: Parts of the brain affected.

THC, found in cannabis, can help to prevent this from occurring. See the work of researchers from Scripps Institute in La Jolla, California, 2006, for further details.

http://www.scripps.edu/news/press/2006/080906.html

From above site:

Marijuana’s Active Ingredient Shown to Inhibit Primary Marker of Alzheimer’s Disease

Discovery Could Lead to More Effective Treatments

LA JOLLA, CA, August 9, 2006 – Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found that the active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, inhibits the formation of amyloid plaque, the primary pathological marker for Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the study said, THC is “a considerably superior inhibitor of [amyloid plaque] aggregation” to several currently approved drugs for treating the disease.

The study was published online August 9 in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, a publication of the American Chemical Society.

http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/29/how-cannabinoids-may-slow-brain-aging/

From the above link:

How Cannabinoids May Slow Brain Aging

By Maia Szalavitz

“The latest review, published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, suggests that activating the brain’s cannabinoid system may trigger a sort of anti-oxidant cleanse, removing damaged cells and improving the efficiency of the mitochrondria, the energy source that powers cells, ultimately leading to a more robustly functioning brain.

Previous studies have linked cannabinoids to increased amounts of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a substance that protects brain cells and promotes the growth of new ones. Since new cell growth slows or stops during aging, increasing BDNF could potentially slow the decline in cognitive functions.”

Medical Marijuana
Another victory for marijuana!

“Cannabis is the single most versatile herbal remedy on Earth. No other single plant contains as wide a range of medically active herbal constituents.”  Quoted from: “Marijuana – Gateway to Health” by Clint Werner.

The potential of yet to be discovered therapeutic value is impressive.

Written By: Gene Hall (DrMarijuanaNJ.com)