Alzheimer's disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, is a progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder that makes up 60-70 percent of all cases of dementia. The disease is well-known for causing severe memory-loss in the elderly, and it begins damaging the brain up to a decade before the onset of such symptoms. There are several studies suggesting cannabis contains neuroprotective properties that may help to combat neurological disorders, and a new study conducted in 2016 in Israel supports these findings.
In the study, a team of medical researchers added cannabis oil containing THC to the treatment regimens of a small group of Alzheimer's patients to determine whether or not cannabis oil could be a safe and effective supplement to traditional pharmacotherapy. The researchers concluded cannabis oil is a safe and effective supplement in providing relief for "behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia." In addition to enhancing pharmacotherapy for Alzheimer's patients, other studies have shown cannabis can help treat other symptoms experienced by aging seniors, like those of arthritis, chronic pain, and loss of appetite.
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