Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease, that most people have heard about. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States according to the Alzheimer’s Association. And it kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
But there is no ‘big pharma’ medication that decreases the risk of getting Alzheimer’s and up to now, there is no cure. Yet recent scientific research shows very promising effects of CBD for Alzheimer’s.
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Almost every 66 seconds in the US someone develops the disease according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Alzheimer’s causes 60% to 70% of dementia cases and is an unpleasant disease for the patient but also for its loved ones and caregivers.
The Alzheimer’s Association states that as much as one in three seniors dies from Alzheimer’s or other dementia.
Cannabis for preventing and reversing Alzheimer’s
First of all preliminary research indicates that several of the effects cannabidiol (CBD) has on Alzheimer’s could be therapeutically beneficial. Most of all the neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s, and its progression, are linked to the neuroinflammatory response and reactive gliosis. Cannabidiol has proven in studies to be able to reduce these two processes.
Furthermore, other studies have shown that CBD stimulates neurogenesis, which is the development and growth of neurons. Hence this causes the deterioration process of the cognitive functions to slow down. Preclinical animal tests have even demonstrated that cannabidiol can also prevent or reverse the cognitive deficit development.
Studies have shown that using cannabis oil and CBD oil together creates a synergistic effect. THC and hemp oil treatment for cancer is yet one example of this so-called ‘entourage effect’. Used together, the effects on the hemp oil benefits chart are stronger.
THC is the psychotropic component of hemp and cannabis, but you have to use the correct ratio and dosing. In conclusion, we see that with Alzheimer’s disease, only in severe cases it is necessary to add a little THC to the CBD dosing. It seems like in most cases CBD alone achieves the desired results.
Short video on how cannabis treats Alzheimer’s
The study, “Cannabidiol Modulates the Expression of Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Genes in Mesenchymal Stem Cells” was done in 2016. As a result, they found that cannabidiol (CBD) led to the downregulation of Alzheimer’s linked genes. Furthermore, the study concluded that CBD neutralized one of the main players in Alzheimer’s disease, pathogenesis.
Gary Wenk, professor of neuroscience, immunology and medical genetics at Ohio State University, spent much of his career looking for a drug that could reduce brain inflammation and also restore cognitive functioning. His lab tests concluded that cannabinoids were effective in doing so, due to their anti-inflammatory properties.
“I’ve been trying to find a drug that will reduce brain inflammation and restore cognitive function in rats for over 25 years; cannabinoids are the first and only class of drugs that have ever been effective.
I think that the perception about this drug is changing and in the future people will be less fearful.” -professor Gary Wenk.
A 2010 PubMed publication studied “Cannabinoids and Dementia: A Review of Clinical and Preclinical Data”, while Alzheimer’s was one of the four neurodegenerative diseases reviewed. As a result, the study reveals that two clinical trials have been carried out on Alzheimer’s and one case report on it is available.
Especially relevant that all reports concluded to have seen significant behavioral improvement in late-stage Alzheimer’s patients and mostly no hemp side effects were reported.
Accoding to Dr. Gary Wenk, those baby boomers who smoked rather a lot of marijuana during the flower power period, suffer by far less from Alzheimer’s today.
CBD Oil Dosage for Alzheimer’s
As can be seen in the different studies, better results are achieved when using both CBD and THC. Yet THC in much lower quantities to avoid getting high. Therefore we recommend taking a full spectrum hemp oil. Cannabidiol Life of which cannabidiol is the main component also contains other cannabinoids like THC in small (and legal) quantities.
Besides the fact that we are all a little different and therefore will react slightly different to CBD, the severity of the Alzheimer’s disease is the main indicator of the quantity. It is not possible to overdose cannabidiol, yet it is unnecessary to take too much if it is not needed.
We, therefore, recommend starting with a smaller dose. First of all 40 or 50 mg per day and double it after 4 days if it doesn’t improve or if the improvements are too frail. Alzheimer’s patients have been known to have taken as much as 400 mg daily in the beginning to reverse the disease.
No matter how you take the CBD oil, it is recommended to stay at the higher dosage for maybe three or four weeks. Consequently, when the patient has returned to its normal functioning, you can go back to a maintenance dosage of anywhere in the range of 25 to 50 mg per day. Just find out by trial and error what the minimum dosage is for avoiding a return of memory loss, agitation etc.
Having difficulties in determining how your milligram dosage translates in CBD oil drops based on the CBD oil you purchased? Then you should probably check out our CBD oil dosage calculator. There are even CBD gummies for sale if you don’t want to mess with counting drops and using the calculator.
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Success Stories of Alzheimer’s Patients
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Overview of Scientific Studies and Reports
If you are interested in the medical proof and not scared of reading through some professional medical jargon, check out the studies below.