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Marijuana Helps Alzheimer’s Patients, Study Finds


Marijuana Helps Alzheimer’s Patients, Study Finds

By  | blog.sfgate.com

Adding marijuana to the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease “is safe and a promising treatment option”, Israeli researchers conclude, in the latest study on the burgeoning practice.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a devastating and fatal degenerative neurological disease affecting more than five million Americans today. One in three seniors will die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation, costing America about $203 billion in 2013.

Past studies indicate the active ingredients in cannabis can provide palliative relief to Alzheimer’s patients with dementia — calming them down and allowing them to sleep. Cell studies also indicate cannabis’ active ingredients could prevent the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s, by interrupting the cycle of beta-amyloid plaque creation thought to cause Alzheimer’s Disease.

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