Back in August of 2006 the Scripps Reasearch Institute published a study on THC as a treatment. Their findings were quite remarkable. There’s a plaque in the brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s. The jury is still out on whether the plaque is the chicken or the egg. That is, does the plaque create the disease or is the plaque a result. Regardless, this is what they learned.
Acetylcholinesterase (pronounce that for me, will ya’?) is an enzyme that accelerates the formation of the plaque. These formations are found in a system of the brain that uses acetylcholine as a neurotransmitter. THC inhibits acetylcholinesterase thereby preventing the plaque formations that “plug up” the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
The study states that THC may be a viable treatment for both the symptoms and the progression of the disease. Wait, it get’s better. The research also showed that the THC treatment worked better than several pharmaceuticals currently on the market for Alzheimer’s treatment.
Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia in our elderly. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates 4.5 million Americans have the disease. Now, if grandpa was allowed to grow a cannabis plant alongside his tomatoes…