How Marijuana Affects Neurodegenerative Disease

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Neurodegenerative diseases damage nervous system cells, or neurons, in the brain and spinal cord, which can interfere with coordination, memory, and other daily functions. Because cannabinoids may offer neuroprotective benefits, some believe cannabis could help mitigate the effects of neurodegenerative diseases. One study from the Cellular Neurosciences and Biology Center suggests THC could alleviate symptoms of dementia by enhancing cerebral energy metabolism, which would in turn protect neurons by promoting glucose consumption in the brain and reducing dependence.

Many of these studies have focused on the effects of THC for Alzheimer's patients, but one study from the American Academy of Neurology also found some cannabinoids could be effective in relieving the painful spasms associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). It should be noted that, due to the research barriers that exist because of cannabis' status as a Schedule I drug, many of these studies used synthetic cannabinoids.

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