A new study found that marijuana might help treat Alzheimer’s disease by replenishing cannabinoid receptors.
Testing on mice, researchers say they have evidence which shows that Alzheimer’s disease is worsened by a lack of cannabinoid receptors, indicating that the disease could be treated with marijuana. Many cannabinoids are found in marijuana, with THC being the most notable compound.
The authors wrote in the upcoming issue of The Neurobiology of Aging:
The findings indicate that CB1 deficiency can worsen AD-related cognitive deficits and support a potential role of CB1 as a pharmacologic target.
This study confirms research published recently in the journal Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, which found that cannabis can slow, and potentially even cure Alzheimer’s disease.
Also in 2012 a study published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, suggests that activating the brain’s cannabinoid system may allow for a sort of anti-oxidant cleanse, removing damaged cells and improving the efficiency of the mitochrondria, the energy source that powers cells, ultimately leading to a more functioning brain.