New studies suggest cannabis may be able to protect the brain from the effects of the progressive brain disorder Alzheimer's. One study from the journal Nature: Aging and Mechanisms of Disease suggests THC may be able to remove the plaques caused by the buildup of toxic beta amyloid proteins in the brains that contribute to disrupted brain cell communication and memory loss. Another study in the same journal found cannabis could reduce brain inflammation and therefore prevent nerve cell death.
A team of scientists from Neuroscience Research Australia also found CBD's ability to stimulate neurogenesis may actually be able to reverse the damage Alzheimer's has on cognition. According to a study in the Journal of Neurochemistry, CBD has antioxidant and neuroprotective properties that promote cell survival by blocking the harmful toxic effects of amyloid bet proteins. Scientists from New Jersey's Monmouth Medical Center also discovered THC can reduce agitation in patients who suffer from Alzheimer's disease.
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