Could CBD Play a Role in Stopping Alzheimer’s Development?
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that leads to memory loss and can seriously impair a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks. It affects more than five million Americans according to the National Institutes of Health, and is a leading cause of death. It is also the most common cause of dementia and its incidence is expected to triple during the next 50 years.
A recent study has scientists wondering if certain cannabinoids could cure Alzheimer’s. The study found that cannabinoids are a catalyst for removing toxic plaque in the brain, and serves as an inflammation blocker; in each role, preventing common features of the neurodegenerative disease.
“It is reasonable to conclude that there is a therapeutic potential of cannabinoids for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease,” David Schubert, senior researcher and a professor at Salk Institute for Biological Studies, wrote.
One supporter of Schubert’s research is Keith Fargo, the director of scientific programs for the Alzheimer’s Association. Fargo. He acknowledges CBD’s therapeutic potential for Alzheimer’s patients, calling it a “legitimate avenue of research.”
Fargo claimed that the most important part of Schubert’s study is that “it gives us a better understanding of the cannabinoid system” and how preventing nerve cell death could impede Alzheimer’s progression.
Dr. Donovan Maust is another medical researcher who has studied CBD and other cannabinoids as a treatment for dementia.
An assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, Maust called Schubert’s results “interesting,” but does not believe it is enough to begin using Cannabidiol as a treatment for the disease.
“It is difficult to say what, if any, effect this might have in humans, even if it would successfully promote clearance of [plaque],” he said.
Studies and Patient Interviews
Several studies and patient interviews have found that cannabinoids are successful in easing the behavioral symptoms, confusion, and agitation that Alzheimer’s patients experience. But, scientists are hoping to discover evidence that they can serve as an effective preventative treatment, or even a cure, for Alzheimer’s.
For Schubert, the lack of treatment for Alzheimer’s disease can be attributed to two things: the disease causes very complex damage to the brain and research is too narrowly focused. He sought to take a broader approach to Alzheimer’s research about 10 years ago, with a drug candidate he derived from curcumin, the main ingredient of turmeric. After extensive research, Schubert and his team found that their drug, J147, worked through the body’s endocannabinoid system, which told them that the drug had a cannabinoid-like effect.
This was motivation enough to begin investigating cannabinoids as a possible preventative treatment for Alzheimer’s. Schubert and his team found that certain cannabinoids prevent the accumulation of plaque and the death of nerve cells and stopped brain inflammation.
Federal Laws Regarding Cannainoids Are Impeding In-Depth Research.
While Schubert would like to continue investigating cannabinoids, government regulations on cannabis research make doing so nearly impossible.
“It’s much harder than it should be to do research on medical marijuana and the cannabinoids it contains,” said Dr. David Casarett, a researcher at Duke University. Casarett believes that the best thing the government could due to improve research for cannabinoids is to reclassify the plan as a Schedule II or III drug.
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