If you are reading this, the chances are good that you are familiar with Alzheimer's disease (AD) because you love someone that is suffering from the disease and you are looking for alternative therapies to the "traditional" medications. So lets talk about cannabinoids like CBD as a therapeutic approach to combatting Alzheimer's disease! But first, lets recap what you know, or perhaps you do not know about the disease.
AD is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease that impairs a person's ability to interact with the world around them. As Alzheimer's disease progresses, people experience greater memory loss and other cognitive difficulties. Problems can include wandering and getting lost, trouble handling money and paying bills, repeating questions, taking longer to complete normal daily tasks, and personality and behavior changes.
Why are novel therapies so important in AD?
For most people with Alzheimer's disease, their symptoms first appeared after the age 60. About 3% of men and women ages 65-74 have the disease, but nearly half of those age 85 and older may have the disease. With an average age at diagnosis of about 80, the United States is about to become ground zero for advanced cases of AD with nearly 10,000+ Baby Boomers turning 65 daily!
Simply put, novel therapies such as cannabinoids are essential in the fight against Alzheimer's Disease (AD) simply due to the fact that most medications used on AD patients do not help to regenerate neurons or new memories, they do not help the patients who are suffering from mood swings, nausea, vomiting or memory loss. While current AD treatments do not stop or reverse the disease’s progression, cannabinoids have shown great promise in neuron regeneration and in the reduction of inflammation within the brain and this highlights the need for new, more effective therapeutics such as Full-Spectrum Cannabidiol dominant oil products. Cannabidiol or CBD as it is commonly referred to, is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid that has demonstrated neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties within the body’s cells. Thus, full-spectrum oils have the potential as a multifunctional treatment option for AD patients.
CBD & Alzheimer's disease | Creating a cognitive advantage
Studies have demonstrated the ability of CBD to reduce reactive gliosis - which describes a response of astrocytes (sub-type of glial cells in the central nervous system) in situations such as neurodegenerative diseases - and the neuroinflammatory responses, as well as to promote neurogenesis (the formation of new neurons in the brain) which plays an important role in memory formation (Chapman et al., 2001).
Most importantly, CBD also reverses and prevents the development of cognitive deficits in AD patients. These cognitive deficits impair in an individual's mental processes and this can lead to problems relating to how a patient with AD acquires information and knowledge, thus driving how an individual understands and acts in the world around them.
So, what does this mean to you and your loved ones? In summary, CBD assists in the creation of new neurons inside the human brain, while also reducing neuropathic inflammation. Full-Spectrum CBD dominant tinctures help patients suffering from AD and dementia by creating new neuron responses which allow for the patient to better adapt and act in the world around them. In addition, CBD has the ability to assist in the creation of new neurons which allows for adult suffering from AD to mitigate/prevent mood swings and other affective disorders because they are no longer living with the fear of not knowing.