Marijuana compound linked to prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
A compound found in marijuana has been found to be beneficial in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.
THC was found to block the formation of amyloid plaques, which are responsible for the onset of the degenerative disease.
It is known that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a faulty build-up of amyloid beta proteins in the brain. There has been to date no successful treatment which can ‘cure’ the disease, although there are certain drugs which can help treat the condition.
David Schubert from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California who worked on the study said:
“Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells,”
Schubert’s team tested the effects of THC on human neurons which were grown in laboratory mice that mimicked the characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease.
THC is one of the compounds found in marijuana which has been found to be effective on a variety of different conditions. It has proven beneficial for treating people suffering from chronic pain, cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Despite being a ‘taboo’ drug for many years, the medical benefits of marijuana are slowly being realized. The drug has a wonderful effect on the body and appears to help fight against many illnesses.
Scientists are still not sure exactly why Alzheimer’s forms in the brains of some people, although they know it is to do with the build up of unnecessary amyloid plaques.
It is thought that THC has such a positive effect on these toxin build ups as it helps to clear the body of toxic accumulations.
Inflammation is thought to be involved in the onset of Alzheimer’s. Many other diseases are also thought to be caused and exacerbated by inflammation in the body, as scientists discover more and more how inflammation has a negative effect on every part of the human body.
“Inflammation within the brain is a major component of the damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but it has always been assumed that this response was coming from immune-like cells in the brain, not the nerve cells themselves,”
“When we were able to identify the molecular basis of the inflammatory response to amyloid beta, it became clear that THC-like compounds that the nerve cells make themselves may be involved in protecting the cells from dying.”