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Alzheimer's & Marijuana

Alzheimer’s is thought to be the result of a lifetime of brain inflammation and leads to dementia in its sufferers. Deposits of a protein plaque called beta-amyloid build up between the nerve cells in Alzheimer’s patients. Also, fibers of another protein called tau accumulate as a tangle within the brain cells themselves. The combination of both of these is believed to interfere with communication between the nerve cells, eventually killing them. Cannabis is mainly used to calm agitated Alzheimer’s patients, help in their sleep patterns, and increase their appetite. Since the bodies own endocannabinoids are involved in the signaling between nerve cells, cannabinoids found in cannabis may be able to slow the buildup of plaque and tangles in the brain. Marijuana can also possibly help the neuro-inflammatory response to the buildup of plaque and tangles.

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