Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition that causes memory loss and eventually death in people who suffer from advanced buildup of amyloid plaque in the brain. Typical prescription medications seek to maintain memory function and slow the rate of progressive decline, but none do so as successfully as cannabis according to a new study reported today by NORML:
More recently, investigators at The Scripps Research Institute in California reported that THC inhibits the enzyme responsible for the aggregation of amyloid plaque — the primary marker for Alzheimer’s disease — in a manner “considerably superior” to approved Alzheimer’s drugs such as donepezil and tacrine. “Our results provide a mechanism whereby the THC molecule can directly impact Alzheimer’s disease pathology,” researchers concluded. “THC and its analogues may provide an improved therapeutic [option] for Alzheimer’s disease [by]… simultaneously treating both the symptoms and the progression of [the] disease.”
If you are reading this and have any reason to suggest that cannabis should not be legal as medicine, please make your argument. Otherwise, please think about talking to your doctor.
Update: CNN is reporting this story tonight as well.