New research suggests the cannabinoid THC may be able to help prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease. The study, conducted by the Salk Institute, found THC facilitates the removal of amyloid beta proteins, which are toxic and contribute to the development of Alzheimer's. Senior author of the paper, Professor David Schubert, said this study is the first of its kind to "demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells." When nerve cells were exposed to THC, amyloid beta protein levels decreased and the resulting inflammation was eliminated. This preliminary study is a good first step towards researching the effects of cannabis on Alzheimer's disease.
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