What is Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease caused by the buildup in the brain of extracellular plaques (made of a proteinacious material called amyloid) and intracellular tangles (made up of tau protein). These processes lead to destruction of brain cells and, subsequently, to severe dementia (i.e. “decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life”) and associated issues.

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December 14, 2014

4 Mind Blowing Ways Cannabis Can Help Your Brain
1. Cannabinoids In Marijuana Help Your Brain Grow Did you know that your brain never really stops growing? Through a process called neurogenesis, new brain cells are constantly being created. Surprisingly, marijuana can assist in this process: a recent study from Italy has discovered that a lesser-known chemical in marijuana, called cannabichromene (CBC), can boost the growth of developing brain cells, thus promoting neurogenesis. According to the study, these developing brain cells are an “essential component of brain function and health.” Another study published in The International …
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November 17, 2014

An Overview Of Alzheimer’s Disease and Medical Marijuana
Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease caused by the buildup in the brain of extracellular plaques (made of a proteinacious material called amyloid) and intracellular tangles (made up of tau protein). These processes lead to destruction of brain cells and, subsequently, to severe dementia (i.e. “decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life”) and associated issues. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease eventually experience memory loss, difficulties in planning, solving problems, and understanding, poor …
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November 11, 2014

Neurodegenerative Diseases and Medical Marijuana
What Are Neurodegenerative Diseases? Neurodegenerative diseases are those which result mainly from dysfunction of the central nervous system (the CNS, made up of the brain and spinal cord) as a result of damage to neurons, the primary cells of this system that communicate with each other to send signals throughout the brain and body. Damage to neurons of the CNS can result in a decreased ability to send signals to the peripheral, autonomic, and enteric nervous systems, which make it possible for us to move, touch, digest, breathe, react to and sense our environment, …
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August 06, 2014

Study: Ultra-Low Doses Of THC May Help Protect Against Neurodegenerative Diseases
There is a great deal of evidence suggesting that cannabis could be beneficial for the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. In fact, a Brazilian study published last year suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) could help ward off neuronal cell death in the face of neurodegradation. In order to provide more insight on the topic of medical marijuana …
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May 14, 2014

Medical Marijuana: Much More Than Just THC and CBD
For years now Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been the most popular and widely researched cannabinoid in cannabis science. However, nowadays it seems like cannabidiol (CBD) has stolen the spotlight given its ability to provide therapeutic relief to children suffering from various epileptic disorders, while lacking the psychotropic effects (i.e. high) of THC. It’s even gotten to the point that state legislature are passing laws “CBD-only” medical marijuana legislation. Given all of this, it is easy to see how CBD and THC can be viewed …
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March 08, 2014

Study: Cannabidiol (CBD) May Help Fight Cognitive Impairments From Alzheimer’s
There is a great deal of evidence suggesting that cannabis is beneficial for the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. It shows particular promise in the case of Alzheimer’s disease, and Clint Werner covers the topic in detail in his book Marijuana Gateway to Health. With that said, a group of Australian researchers, led by Dr. Tim Karl, published a study in this month’s edition of Psychopharmacology that offers further insight. It suggests …
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August 15, 2013

Study: Cannabidiol (CBD) May Help to Prevent or Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases
Cannabidiol (CBD) May Prevent Buildup of Excess Iron In The Brain With the advances in science, life expectancy is much longer now than it was 100 years ago. While this is a positive thing, it means that more and more people are being affected by neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease. “Iron is deposited in parts of the body and gradually builds up. Excess iron is linked to various diseases, such as: liver fibrosis, …
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July 18, 2013

Study: Cannabis Could Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
New Evidence in Support of Medicinal Cannabis A study conducted by researchers at The Roskamp Institute in Sarasota, FL suggests a relationship between the cannabinoid system and the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. According to Corbin Bachmeier, the study’s head researcher, patients with Alzheimer’s disease could benefit from cannabinoid receptor stimulation. What Is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating – not only to individual patients, but entire families. It is the most common form of dementia (“a general term for a decline in mental ability severe …

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