Cannabis and its ability to treat and perhaps slightly reverse dementia will be tested on actual dementia patients. This is the first ever study of its kind, as fifty participants, aged 65 or older and suffering from the disease will be given cannabis via a mouth spray. All patients will be closely monitored and observed over a period of 14 months.
“We think cannabis is going to help ameliorate behavioural signs and symptoms we see from dementia,” researcher Dr Amanda Timler told Seven News.“It’s one of those medications that will treat a number of symptoms compared with typically being diagnosed with dementia and taking a number of different drugs.”
One of the participants of the study used to be strongly opposed to drugs but, as her son Wayne Grlusich told Daily Mail UK, the disease has changed her mind.
“She was pretty much up for it straight away, and I think that’s the thing—if we can help people down the track then [the study] needs people like Mum,” he said.
According to recent animal research that’s been conducted recently, THC can influence the aging brain. THC appears to reverse the aging process and improve mental processes, raising the possibility it might be useful for the treatment of dementia in the elderly. This is remarkable, given the fact that we’ve been fed propaganda every single year and have been given the opposite opinion.
This is why it’s great to see a human trial begin.
In one study mice were given a small daily dose of THC over over the period of one month, at the age of 2 months, 12 months and again at 18 months of age. The doses were was small enough to avoid any psychoactive effect, and it’s important to remember that mice have an approximate lifespan of two years.
The study looked at the animals’ learning, memory, orientation and recognition skills.Mice that were 18 months old given THC showed cognitive skills equal to 2-month-old controls, and the placebo group suffered cognitive deterioration associated with normal aging.
According to one of the authors, neurobiology professor Andreas Zimmer, University of Bonn, “The treatment completely reversed the loss of performance in the old animals. We repeated these experiments many times. It’s a very robust and profound effect.”Furthermore, gene activity and the molecular profile in the brain tissue was equal to much younger animals. Neurons in the hippocampus grew more synaptic spines, these represent points of contact necessary for communication between neurons. Quite remarkable isn’t it?
Furthermore, in the September 2018 edition of JAMA Psychiatry, researchers of the King’s College study in London, found that cannabidiol, one of the active compounds in the cannabis plant, significantly reset brains inclined towards psychosis back to normal states. The study was a double-blind study with thirty-three participants who were at high risk of psychosis and had not previously been prescribed antipsychotic medication.
Also, a recent study from the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland concluded that a chemical in marijuana called cannabidiol (CBD) could be used to prevent alcohol-induced brain damage. The study was published in September of 2013 in the journal Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior. (source)
So far from the information we have, it appears that Cannabis may be good for the brain!