Alzheimer’s and Medical Marijuana

Alzheimer’s and Medical Marijuana

Currently, one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States is Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a neural degenerative disease that leads to memory deprivation. Amyloid plaques or protein deposits trigger the disease. Symptoms include severe loss of memory, speech problems and mood swings. Alzheimer’s typically affects those over the age of 65, and, as of right now, has no cure. However, recent research done in San Diego has shown that medical marijuana can helps treat symptoms of this debilitating disease.

Based on numerous studies, the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego reported that medical marijuana is a neuronal growth promoter and promotes brain-stimulating activity. The THC component of medical marijuana has also shown that it can inhibit the progression of Alzheimer’s. Patients reported that they were able to cope better with their fragmented motor skills and memory loss when using medical marijuana as a treatment for their symptoms.

Medical marijuana also decreases amyloid beta levels, which can help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, it is not a complete cure but the benefits of using medical marijuana to cope with symptoms and possibly slow down Alzheimer’s progression is great news in the medical world and to all of those affected from this devastating disease.

If you or a loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s and would like to use medical marijuana as an alternative treatment or in conjunction with other treatments, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Burns at The Bienetre Center.

If you and Dr. Burns decide that medical marijuana would be a good addition to your Alzheimer’s care and current treatment, you are eligible to apply for a medical marijuana identification card per the state guidelines with the written certification from a doctor licensed to practice medicine in the State of Arizona, such as Dr. Burns. Dr. Burns offers medical marijuana evaluations and can help patients gain safe access to marijuana for the treatment of a variety of conditions.

Call The Bienetre Center and schedule an appointment with Dr. Burns for your medical marijuana evaluation today.