Marijuana May Be Legitimate Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease, Report Says

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Researchers at the Roskamp Institute in Florida recently published a study in the journal Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience revealing that cannabinoids could delay the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, and could quite plausibly terminate the disease entirely.

Corbin Bachmeier, Ph.D, lead researcher of the study, declared that Alzheimer’s disease is “the result of impaired Aβ [Amyloid-β protein] clearance from the brain”. According to this particular study, cannabinoids can resolve this problem, which makes it a prospective treatment.

Bachmeier’s examination determined that “modulation of the cannabinoid system was shown to reduce Aβ [Amyloid-β protein] brain levels and improve cognitive behavior in Alzheimer’s disease animal models.”

The study’s abstract states that the objective of the study was to “investigate the role of the cannabinoid system in the clearance of Aβ across the blood–brain barrier (BBB).”

For the first time in recorded history, the study in question establishes that the cannabinoid system does indeed play a role in the transit of Amyloid-β protein across the blood-brain barrier.

Bachmeier concluded that his discoveries “provide insight into the mechanism by which cannabinoid treatment reduces Aβ [Amyloid-β protein] burden in the AD [Alzheimer’s disease] brain and offer additional evidence on the utility of this pathway as a treatment for AD.”

This is good news for individuals suffering with this specific ailment and for their loved ones. Cannabinoids seem to be boundless in respect to the medicinal benefits they have to offer.

Editorial note: This article was originally published on The 420 Times on July 17, 2013.

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  1. naturalman3 also,  see new info about cannabis brain receptors and the potential for elimination of Alzheimers. Just google...
  2. pharris251 Really? You want me to read a "government" publication?... Really? Don't you realize that governments are in the propaganda business? ... & BTW: it's spelled "n a i v e"!
  3. Terminal bud There's a reason people have been growing this stuff since prehistory, and it's not just to make rope.  I've been smoking daily for going on 40 years. I fulfill my societal roles. I've always supported myself and helped support my family. I have brilliant children and am proud of my marriage of 25 years. It's helped with my mood, which helps the world. I don't like getting drunk, but I love the way pot enhances the pleasure of music, food, sex, art and nature. It seems to slow time, our most valuable asset. It's prohibition was clearly a racist move out of fear of jazz music and white women having fun with people of color. I grow the stuff so I'm sure it's pure and sustainable. I'm glad it will be legal soon (though probably in Pennsylvania last) and the culture wars can find a better battleground.
  4. lenrichmondfilms THE GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY "WHAT IF CANNABIS CURED CANCER" JUST WON THE "AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD" AT FREEDOM FEST. WATCH IT HERE FOR FREE...https://vimeo.com/66474740 https://vimeo.com/66474740 vimeo.com   FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST “I recommend an excellent documentary film, 'WHAT IF CANNABIS CURED CANCER," by Len Richmond, which summarizes the remarkable research findings of recent years about the cancer-protective effects of novel compounds in marijuana.  Most medical doctors are not aware of this information and its implications for cancer prevention and treatment.”- ANDREW WEIL, M.D.   Using original and archival footage,"WHAT IF CANNABIS CURED CANCER" presents highly convincing evidence that this forbidden herb has healing properties beyond any other plant on the planet.   Film Website: http://lenrichmondfilms.com/   On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/What-if-Cannabis-Cured-Cancer-Official-Site/125858817470315   On Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/What-If-Cannabis-Cured-Cancer/dp/B003SSBSQQ
  5. JamesThreadgill PhilCoombs You have Smith's number! He's probably a Faux News watching teabagger to boot.
  6. PhilCoombs @Christopher Smith Our OPINIONS? You ought to do a little research yourself into the medical effects of marijuana. There is enough out there to prove that it has positive effects in conditions such as glaucoma, MS and as pain relief... You are clearly a reactionary moron who doesn't bother to check his facts or do any kind of research before exploding your opinion. Or are you just another troll who cant keep his tongue tied...Were you dropped on your head as a baby or did your mother just not love you enough?  I would probably be right in assuming that you air your opinions on most subjects without having any real foreknowledge of what you are talking about. Does it actually impress people or are you finding that people try to avoid you? I'd avoid you like syphilis........which cant be cured by any amount of cannabis use.......
  7. JamesThreadgill @Christopher Smith History is replete with unjust laws made by men to crush their enemies and/or enrich themselves, I suppose you would have helped the Nazis round up the unwanteds for the fires.
  8. Jo Anne Zito OBEY!
  9. Christopher Smith They are the true scientific studies the show all of the effects, scientifically not biased. Illegal means you have a choice. People that choose to disobey the law are ruining their own lives. And me too.
  10. Jo Anne Zito Well, I guess when the studies one goes by are the one-sided government approved ones, one would probably have the insulting opinion you do. I do not say it has no effects and saying it can heal the world, I mean that on many levels, not just with a person's body. I think prohibition is ruining people's lives. I find it ironic debating principles of freedom with fellow Americans, and especially on an independent voter page.
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naturalman3
naturalman3

also,  see new info about cannabis brain receptors and the potential for elimination of Alzheimers. Just google...



Terminal bud
Terminal bud

There's a reason people have been growing this stuff since prehistory, and it's not just to make rope. 

I've been smoking daily for going on 40 years. I fulfill my societal roles. I've always supported myself and helped support my family. I have brilliant children and am proud of my marriage of 25 years. It's helped with my mood, which helps the world. I don't like getting drunk, but I love the way pot enhances the pleasure of music, food, sex, art and nature. It seems to slow time, our most valuable asset. It's prohibition was clearly a racist move out of fear of jazz music and white women having fun with people of color. I grow the stuff so I'm sure it's pure and sustainable. I'm glad it will be legal soon (though probably in Pennsylvania last) and the culture wars can find a better battleground.

Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith

They are the true scientific studies the show all of the effects, scientifically not biased. Illegal means you have a choice. People that choose to disobey the law are ruining their own lives. And me too.

Jo Anne Zito
Jo Anne Zito

Well, I guess when the studies one goes by are the one-sided government approved ones, one would probably have the insulting opinion you do. I do not say it has no effects and saying it can heal the world, I mean that on many levels, not just with a person's body. I think prohibition is ruining people's lives. I find it ironic debating principles of freedom with fellow Americans, and especially on an independent voter page.

Jen
Jen

Side effects are more profitable.. They want their medicine to make you have diarhea, rashes, irritability, etc, because then they can sell you something else to counteract those side effects.

Jen
Jen

I could say this about any countless other "drugs" and "chemicals" I don't consume, that you and others pump your bodies full of every single day... Mood stabilizers? Energy drinks/guarine? Cough syrup? Nicotine? Caffeine? All have an effect on motor functions and awareness. All completely legal. All psychoactive at high enough levels. A "stoned" driver is no more dangerous than the mother of 3 messing with kids in the back seat, or putting on makeup while driving, or someone who takes antidepressants or pain medication. Aspirin? Vicodin? Oxy? Alcohol? All highly toxic and poisonous at some levels. All possible to OD on... easily. Cannabis? Impossible. That fact right there should seal the deal.. no one will ever die from it, unlike virtually every single other "medicine" in existence.

This isn't even getting into all the augmented synthetic chemicals you ingest just from your food. GMOs, horomones, insectisides, fertilizers, and carcinogens. etc.. It really has nothing to do with people ingesting "bad things" like you make it out to be, it has to do with control. You want control over what other people can grow on their own property and consume in their bodies.. Too bad. No one would ever force you to use any medicine or eat/consume any plants you don't want to, the very same way that currently, no one ties you down and injects you with beer because they can brew at home.

Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith

lol You people are comical. Regardless it does not CURE a single disease. He helps suppress nausea and encourages appetite. That's it and only temporarily. 95% use it for recreational purposes. Now those facts aside repetitive use is required to combat those two ailments. Repetitive use leads to the effects, guaranteed. Your narrow minded opinion does not align with science, the reality. The effects will come and are gradual so not to be noticed until they are permanent. No matter your will or desires the science is the reality of what will happen. Your OPINIONS are excuses for you to justify your use. Fine but don't lie to others and say that it is a cure or has no effects. Ruin your body and mind but not others that are desperate or weak minded. That's beyond selfish because you are ruining others lives.

Shane Lindsey
Shane Lindsey

it should be legal because its safe, effective, and anybody can produce it. unfortunately, these are the reasons it remains illegal

Jo Anne Zito
Jo Anne Zito

I would agree with that but I surely do not think cannabis users should be discriminated against, i.e. not being able to be licensed for anything because of those cases. Anything can be abused, it does not mean we deny others because of it. Besides, the pills example is different in the fact that they are more dangerous than cannabis. No one has ever overdosed from it and people get it easier anyway without a prescription because of it's illegality. I'm about being an independent voter because I feel the current system is a fraud, much like this prohibition.

Johnny Ritchie
Johnny Ritchie

I am saying folks who used to see 10 different Doctors to get over prescribed and carrying around a drug store sack of pills is wrong. I am saying Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson's deaths by prescribed medicines were wrong.

Jo Anne Zito
Jo Anne Zito

Are you saying taking prescriptions is a wrong?

Johnny Ritchie
Johnny Ritchie

Yes Jo Ann, prescriprion pills are a good example of what happens with legalizing Pot also. Two wrongs do not make a right. Freedom to take anothers life...or 26 innocent lives does not equate in America.

Jo Anne Zito
Jo Anne Zito

Yeah, cause we do that if they're on prescription pills, right? So biased. Yeah, it's a slippery slope to freedom.

Jo Anne Zito
Jo Anne Zito

I think you may be talking about people that use smoked cannabis for whatever reason and not others that it has proved to help, whether smoked, eaten, or taken in a juice or oil. That's why I asked which effects and on who, because there are many factors in which people have addictive behaviors. I do not say it is perfectly safe for everyone. You say it is not safe for anyone. Anything can effect different people differently. I have my own experiences and from those experiences feel that the biggest problem for me is it's illegality. Which brings me back to the question of whether it should be legal at least, for medical reasons, let alone issues of religion and personal rights. I find the fact that the government has forbidden even research on the herb, is unsettling and also that they have it contrarily scheduled as having no medical value, yet has had a federal mm program since 1976. I definitely agree that education is the key, but when the government chooses to spread disinformation and not release studies that they have showing it's usefullness or their own contradiction, it ruins their credibility. As far as cannabis today versus cannabis of the 70's and earlier, that's actually a good thing, they can grow specific strains and specific potency for specific ailments. Like alcohol, it's prohibition does more harm than good and people that find it a safer alternative to relax in peace, should have the freedom to do so and not have to be jailed or go to rehab for something that is a natural right, because of certain people that have issues.

Lloyd Ritchey
Lloyd Ritchey

It is simply a commodity. Treat it as such. And those of you who advocate its legality on the basis that it could be "taxed and regulated" have not actually applied your brains to this idea and its likely consequences. Take a look at alcohol and tobacco and how badly abused those are for the purposes of filling State coffers and exploiting their consumers.

Debbie Thomason
Debbie Thomason

It should be! Pharma drugs are dangerous and have too many side effects and mostly bad for our bodies!

Sally Sarina
Sally Sarina

Let us hope this study continues to see if it actually does help people with Alzheimer's Disease. Make it a legal medical prescription.

Johnny Ritchie
Johnny Ritchie

I think it is a "slippery slope". When used for medical use, I think 50% of the prescriptions/purchases are not really for Medical conditions...OK, I stumped my toe, smoke these joints and the pain will not be as bad...True. Legalize and tax all of it? For the non Pot heads, like non alcoholics...there will be more stoned drivers....or maybe even stoned Doctors prescribing pot for stumping the toe...long term toe pain for life. Legalizing Pot is a slippery slope. I agree with legalizing it for true medical usages and pulling their driving licenses or the patients medical/education/Senators/Congressman/President/Ranking officers/CEO's/licenses at the same time.

Janet Lynn
Janet Lynn

Great then it should be legal for me to grow it in my carden

Brenda Porter
Brenda Porter

It should be legal for any use. Think of it as a job creator; grow, harvest, wholesale, retail, revenues.

Nik Nikkel
Nik Nikkel

If deadly drugs like alcohol and nicotine that have almost no medical value are legal, the a substance that has medical uses and is pleasant to the senses with no harmful side effects should be completely legal.

Sal Delvisco
Sal Delvisco

Cannabis should be legal for adults to consume however they see fit. It should be legal to grow and use for any reason. It is a plant. Nothing more. It is also safer for the human body than alcohol and has many medicinal and therapeutic properties. Stop wasting billions of dollars on enforcing its prohibition and let the people have real freedom.

Marcus Davis
Marcus Davis

It should be legal and it is safer than most medicine. Marijuana should be legal all the way around.

Kaitlin Perkins
Kaitlin Perkins

It should, and its not because corporations can't profit as much off of something you can harvest yourself. The same reason that we don't have widespread solar energy.

Medra Lopes-Pattillo
Medra Lopes-Pattillo

Only if it s regulated like other drugs and put into pill form so the dosage can be measured and consistent. Otherwise it is just an excuse for pot heads to get high. Also marijuana is a hallucinagenic drug and affects your brain chemistry so it is not safe to self administer via smoking. Plus smoking marijuana is more damaging to your lungs than cigarettes. So all in all the only way to benefit from marjuana is to extract the active ingredient and put it in pill form because smoking it does more harm than good and can cause chronic lung disease.

Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith

What was used prior to modern days was nothing like today's. During Reagan's war on drugs use of all drugs was at it's lowest levels since modern medicine. Why? Education and awareness. Greatest growing demographic financially from Reagan through the 90's? African American Males. Clinton slashed and ended funding towards education and awareness. Within a generation Hispanics will follow the same trend. These and the studies that I listed are facts. If some smoked the MJ at the levels of pre-70's THC, well they didn't have science or do studies on MJ 4000, 2000, or even 100 years ago. The studies done in the 70's showed the effects, when the levels of THC were 300% less than that of today's. Multiply the dose of any drug by 3x and what do you thinks going to happen. You may feel cured but reality will set in. Do addiction Doctors have anything to profit if everyone quits? Nope. I've been to rehab (not for drugs), but the leading western Doctor on Addiction and Effects went extensively over the effects both on the brain and physically of all drugs. I have mine, but to say that MJ has no effects or deny that majority do not use moderately, levels are not monitored or controlled, and that majority will suffer effects is ignorant. There are family, friends, neighbors, and worst of all children that suffer those effects on the user. To deny or ignorantly dismiss the facts is selfish and sick. Want to destroy your body and mind. Fine, but don't bring others down with you because you don't want to suffer alone. Let others know the reality and the chances they are taking with their body, their minds, and how other will have to bare the burden of those effects as well. You only persuade the weak and desperate. They need something other than drugs.

Christ Thor Pettitt
Christ Thor Pettitt

It should be legal to grow and produce your own supply of marijuana for any non-profit use you please.

Yob Benami
Yob Benami

I am one of those people that benefit from using medical cannabis. It's made my daily torture with chronic pain a bit more tolerable and no debilitating side effects.

Len Feder
Len Feder

Marijuana should be legal worldwide for recreational use. It is obvious that all free people should have access to it if they want it. Anyone who disputes that doesn't understand the concept of a free country and would fit better in totalitarian countries.

Jen
Jen

It had to do with the fact that Hearst was a newsprint magnate as well, and he had large stocks of paper pulp plantations and ties to the textile industry, both of which hemp would have revolutionized and lost him great deals of money. Hence why he went on a crusade against it, demonizing it as "creating axe murderers", pumping out propaganda like 'reefer madness' and using racism against the Mexicans as another excuse to have it banned. Pretty sickening we are still under these forged scientific, fascist laws pushed by this scumbag.. who's companies and family still fund and sway our political system.

Jen
Jen

Those studies were forgeries funded by WRHearst and the propaganda "reefer madness" almost a hundred years ago. Try referencing something newer in the US (you can't because the government keeps the results of all their private MJ testing a secret, because it will prove those "facts" you listed wrong, and they dont want to be shown up that they have been parroting falsehoods for 80 years), so you can just look at all the rest of the civilized world that has said it has medicinal benefits, or the hundreds of cultures that used it for millenia before "modern medicine". The only filth is that you seem to think you have a right to ban someone else from growing and consuming whatever plant they want on their own property.

Manuel Fernandez
Manuel Fernandez

Who owns your body, you or the state? Who should decide what you should or should not put into your own body, you or the state? Prohibition is a denial that you own yourself.

Kenneth Holland
Kenneth Holland

marijuana has been shown to ease pain in some cancer patients...and give them an appetite....I have been on morphine for over 2 years...was on oxycontin and oxycodone for over 2 years....ludicrous that they will prescribe me those meds to fight pain..(same as heroin) but medical marijuana is illegal....

JamesThreadgill
JamesThreadgill

@Christopher Smith History is replete with unjust laws made by men to crush their enemies and/or enrich themselves,

I suppose you would have helped the Nazis round up the unwanteds for the fires.

PhilCoombs
PhilCoombs

@Christopher Smith Our OPINIONS? You ought to do a little research yourself into the medical effects of marijuana. There is enough out there to prove that it has positive effects in conditions such as glaucoma, MS and as pain relief... You are clearly a reactionary moron who doesn't bother to check his facts or do any kind of research before exploding your opinion. Or are you just another troll who cant keep his tongue tied...Were you dropped on your head as a baby or did your mother just not love you enough?  I would probably be right in assuming that you air your opinions on most subjects without having any real foreknowledge of what you are talking about. Does it actually impress people or are you finding that people try to avoid you? I'd avoid you like syphilis........which cant be cured by any amount of cannabis use.......