How Cannabis Oil Can Help Your Loved Ones with Alzheimer's & Dementia
Alzheimer’s is a common form of dementia often observed to appear with age. The disease progresses in the patients to an extent that they start to lose a sense and awareness of self. In the majority of cases, this leaves them unable to take care of themselves.
To this day, there has been no cure available for these diseases. The progression also varies in different cases due to varying factors. The disease is very common and the alarming statistics released by the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada indicate the severity. About 1.1 million Canadians alone were affected directly or indirectly by the disease and over 10.4 billion is the annual cost incurred in providing care for them. The facts also state that 564,000 Canadians are surviving this disease currently added by about 25,000 new cases every year on an average. About 50 million people suffer from this disease around the world. An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's. An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2018. This number includes an estimated 5.5 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer's.
People suffering from the disease live under the stigma associated with it, both from society and within. The fear and burden of feeling dependent on others, feels like an embarrassment to most going through this issue. While the treatment option is practically limited, CBD has opened doors to a possible prevention and recovery method that is both safe and easy to use. Indoor auto-flowering seeds are available in the market which can be easily grown indoor and used for medical purposes. (Separately, you can monitor the High CBD menu at HERB for direct California delivery of CBD products!)
CBD and its relevance to Alzheimer's
The pain relieving properties of CBD is slowly becoming popular with its use to treat arthritis and other chronic pain problems. People across the world have been receiving this medication well and the effectiveness of the same could also extend to treating Dementia and Alzheimer’s. CBD is the phytocannabinoid that enhances the effectiveness of the functioning of the endocannabinoid system in the body. This compound is actively present in cannabis. CBD oils can be an effective way of treating symptoms related to the early onset of Alzheimer's disease.
How can it help
Dementia is an umbrella term that includes a disease that affects cognitive functions and behavior in individuals. People tend to behave unreasonably due to lack of ability to think, make decisions or reason, in everyday occurrences and normal conditions. About 70% of cases diagnosed with dementia suffer from Alzheimer's, states a study. The introduction of cannabinoids to the body initiates interaction with the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
The CB1 receptors are present all over the brain, as well as in the hippocampus--the memory section of our brain. Also, CB2 receptors hosted by immune cells known as the microglia are present in our body. There is research which suggests that CBD along with THC present in marijuana is capable of removing amyloid clumps present in lab grown nerve cells. This study shows that cannabinoids can take some credit for effectiveness in treating this disease. A study conducted with mice subjects to support the same, showed results that the mice indicated improved learning and also lesser evidence of amyloid clumps in their bodies. Another set of research aims to relate the presence of CB2 receptors that have the ability to control the activity of immune cell microglia. A study states that CBD could be effective in balancing the activity of the immune cell and thus protecting from over-activation. While there is research under progress to support them both, proper clinical evidence to support these claims is under progress.
Interaction of CBD with CB receptors positively benefits the nerve cells. A study suggests that CBD might be capable of protecting nerve cells against damage caused from various factors. With age and other factors, the regeneration process of cells in the body slow down and start to degenerate. This condition leads to diseases such as Alzheimer's. But with CBD and its antioxidant property, our body will be restored with the potential to generate new cells which can help prevent early-onset of Alzheimer's. This is one of the various ways in which CBD might be helpful for treating dementia.
CBD also has prominent anti-inflammatory properties, another reason behind its effectiveness in treating Alzheimer's symptoms in individuals. It also has the ability to reduce oxygen build-up apart from being a brain stimulant. There are various other ways in which CBD can benefit people suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer's in particular--from aiding epilepsy treatment to people using it as an anti-anxiety medicine.
Additional studies aim to understand the relation between the use of CBD and its effect on various symptoms associated with dementia and Alzheimers. Aggression, agitation and various other psychological side effects were observed in patients suffering from the disease. Cannabis strains such as the strains Nuken and ACDC--or other high CBD cannabis products--can have a calming effect on the brain and the body which helps the person feel calm. It also has the ability to trigger a sense of euphoria in individuals which can be effective for treating these symptoms.
Methods of consuming
Flower extracted CBD oils and isolates are the most common form in which CBD compound is made available to people. Oils and isolates are added into products like edibles or beverages for a more enjoyable experience. With legalization in few states, the options to explore for methods of consumption are also expanding. Vape pens, infusers, oils, tinctures, topicals and more are becoming common and CBD oil capsules can be one of the best forms of consumption for treating this condition. CBD can be extracted from various methods, such as using the ice and water hash recipe. Hashish extractions do not use volatile substances, rather ice and cold water. This method is trusted and a popular method for extracting cannabinoids from marijuana for a concentrated form of medicine, like hash.
The use of CBD based treatment can be an effective way of preventing as well as treating the disease and with more research and clinical evidence this method of treatment can be expected to reach markets soon.
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Nancy is a blogger who loves to write especially in the Cannabis vertical. She has written many informative blogs on other verticals too.