Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that slowly shuts down the brain and eventually leads to death. But a new study gives patients and their families hope that marijuana could help.
Researchers at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies published a study in the June journal of Aging and Mechanisms of Disease announcing the discovery of a compound present in marijuana that triggers the removal of beta-amyloid protein from neurons. In layman’s terms, that means cannabis could help remove deadly plaque accumulation from the nerve cells.
“It is reasonable to conclude that there is a therapeutic potential of cannabinoids for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease,” writes David Schubert, senior researcher and a professor at Salk.
Little is known about the illness, including what causes it, but that hasn’t stopped scientists from researching how neurons deteriorate in the brain and trying to