Is CBD Oil Therapy a Viable Treatment for Alzheimer’s?

By Spike Bowan

The potential remedies that CBD Oil can offer as it battles a wide array of diseases is staggering! 

A question that is on minds of many people, though, is “how can CBD treat dementia and Alzheimer’s patients?” 

This one is personal to me because my mother had dementia and Alzheimer symptoms before she passed away. To walk into her hospital room with my son, and have her not even recognize us was one of the most horrific things to happen to me in my lifetime…and that’s saying something! I was a street Paramedic and a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy. I have seen some nasty things in my time on God’s great Earth. 

Alzheimer’s disease is frequently associated with neuropsychiatric symptoms such as agitation and aggression, especially in the moderate to severe stages of the illness. Over the past few years, there has been a growing interest in the therapeutic potential of medications that target the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The behavioral effects of ECS medications, as well as their ability to modulate neuroinflammation and oxidative stress, make targeting this system potentially relevant in Alzheimer’s disease. 

So, Can CBD oil help treat Alzheimer’s and dementia patients? Yes. It can, but research on the matter is far from being complete. 

THC can help as well, one study shows. According to the, 

“New research published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease finds that administering cannabis extracts containing THC to Alzheimer’s patients helped relieve various symptoms of dementia, including agitation, aggression, apathy and delusions. 

The small trial conducted by Israeli researchers studied 11 Alzheimer’s patients who were given medical cannabis oil containing THC over the course of four weeks. Of the 10 patients that completed the trial, researchers recorded “significant reduction” in behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. Researchers concluded that “adding medical cannabis oil to Alzheimer’s disease patients’ pharmacotherapy is a safe and promising treatment option.” 

The study abstract can be found here. 

This is just the latest in a line of studies to indicate THC relieves dementia symptoms and may also act as an Alzheimer’s inhibitor.” (Read More) 

Another study from the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California has also found that THC and CBD found in marijuana may reduce the amount of beta amyloid in the brain. Beta amyloid is a hallmark characteristic of Alzheimer’s and is commonly thought to cause the neurodegenerative disease according to 

The very well written article goes on to explain the study a little more; 

“While the findings are preliminary, researchers are optimistic about their findings. David Schubert, professor at the Salk Institute and senior author on the study says, ‘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.’ He says” (Read More) 

As new legislation and laws are passed, and as big pharmaceutical companies are losing their death grip on humanity, we are starting to see some very exciting advances in modern medicine, especially, when it comes to CBD therapy.