Medical marijuana has a reputation for making its users spacey and forgetful. It’s counter-intuitive, then, that the same substance that leads you to lock your keys in the car or leave your cell phone at Arby’s shows strong promise in the fight to cure the most stubborn and devastating forms of dementia: Alzheimer’s Disease.
But researchers have shown cannabis and its component cannabinoid chemicals have important brain-protecting effects in a variety of human and animal experiments related to dementia.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s Disease and the incurable, progressive dementia it causes rips families apart. Far more heartbreaking and frightening than watching a loved one’s body disintegrate with age and illness, dementia seems to rob individuals of their personal identity, slowly removing a lifetime of memory and experience until the sufferer can barely speak or move.
Many spend years in a nearly catatonic state, a limbo between death and life that destroys family caretakers’ health, emotional lives and coping abilities, let alone their finances.
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