Alzheimer’s disease is a much-feared name nowadays. In the past, memory loss and senility have been seen as a part and parcel of growing old, but these days we know it as the possible onset of this deadly disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a family of conditions characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking skills.
To this day, no cure for this disease has been found. But during the latest studies scientists have uncovered a compound known as CBD or Cannabidiol which could go a long way into combating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
What Is CBD?
CBD aka Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid compound present in the cannabis plant. It is gaining huge popularity all around the world for its health benefits. Major uses of Cannabidiol include their anti-anxiety, anti-seizure, neuroprotective and pain-relieving properties. Besides, CBD has also been proven to be effective in cancer treatments although research is still in the early stages in this area.
CBD Benefits In Alzheimer’s Treatment
CBD has been proven to be effective in treating major forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia, and Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Parkinson’s disease, Front temporal Dementia, and Huntington’s disease.
According to some of the recent scientific studies, CBD can reduce or remove the impact of internal inflammation, oxygen buildup and brain cell decline. Inflammation in brain is one of the major symptoms of chronic Alzheimer’s disease.
Another major symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is the build-up of clumps of a protein, called amyloid, in the brain. Many studies have shown that the various compounds of the cannabis plant, including CBD, appear to remove this protein from nerve cells grown in the lab. Another study that gave CBD oil to mice with symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease showed progress in learning and had less evidence of amyloid clumps in their bodies.
A 2011 study by Australian researchers Tim Karl and Carl Group found that CBD promotes the growth and development of brain cells, reducing the decline of memory and other brain functions.
CBD is available in various forms such as oil, pills, gel caps or skin patches. The most common methods of administration are oral and skin patches. The effects of orally administered CBD could last for up to 4 hours and the onset of effects take place between 30-90 minutes.