Using cannabis to reduce the impact of Alzheimer’s provides a lot of benefits
The scientific reasons to consider CBD (cannabidiol) as an effective natural treatment for Alzheimer’s have been growing over time, especially for being considered a compound with anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidant and capable of stimulating neurogenesis. While it is true that this famous compound of the cannabis plant does not have the ability to completely cure this pathology, its benefits are very great when it comes to treating its annoying symptoms, which makes the person lead a better quality of life.
Cognitive impairment is one of the greatest fears of older adults. And this fear is not in vain, as it is estimated that at least one in three people dies with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. Fortunately, more and more research is being done and wonderful natural treatments for Alzheimer’s have been developed. Alzheimer’s is characterized by certain brain changes, forming abnormal protein deposits that prevent normal communication between cells (neurons).
This causes a degenerative process of inflammation and oxidation, which progressively increases the damage. At a certain point, neurons in one part of the brain no longer function and this causes other parts of the brain to shut down. CBD, fortunately, is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and also stimulates neurogenesis (the birth of new neurons).
Different studies have found that CBD in cannabis acts as a potent anti-inflammatory. This property helps to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. CBD acts as an inverse agonist on CB2 receptors, which means that, when there is a threat, CBD makes the CB2 receptors not allow the migration of immune cells, preventing inflammation. By modulating the immune response, CBD favors the body’s self-regulation and prevents further damage generated by the immune system’s overreaction. In this way, the progression of lesions in Alzheimer’s disease is slowed down.
Furthermore, CBD not only prevents inflammation by suppressing the activity of the CB2 receptor but was also found to prevent the expression of a protein called GFAP, which causes clumping and inflammation. CBD has an effect that allows the regulation of enzymes that protect against oxidative stress. This is why CBD acts as an antioxidant that helps reduce the problems associated with oxidative stress in Alzheimer’s and scavenges free radicals.