Alzheimer’s, Sclerosis and Crohns
PTSD, dementia and concussions: these three brain disorders are all in the news lately. Marijuana has been shown to help with all three.
Components of marijuana bind to the CB1 receptors in the hypothalamus to impair memory and to other CB1 receptors to reduce anxiety, thus helping the severity of PTSD:
Chronic lack of sleep, concussions and toxins can all lead to inflammation in the brain and ultimately to dementia.
One purpose of sleep is to clear the brain of toxins, beta amyloid and other by products of normal respiration. Poor sleep or sleep induced by standard drugs are not effective and lead to inflammation in the brain:
Head trauma, even mild concussions, will cause inflammation in the brain:
This study describes how brain inflammation leads to dementia:
This study among many notes that the cannabinoid CB2 receptor modulates inflammation:
Additionally, studies show marijuana may be neuro-protective, slowing memory loss in the aging brain:
Regarding patients with advanced dementia, this study showed yet another use for marijuana in a clinical or home setting to help manage patients who are often aggressive and unruly:
Two other devastating neurological diseases, multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), both destroy brain and spinal cord motor neurons by different yet unknown mechanisms. But they share one attribute in common: inflammation. Hence it is speculated the anti inflammatory, antioxidant properties of cannabis may be neuro protective:
Inflammation in the gut leads to inflammatory bowel disease and to a more serious condition: Crohn’s disease. This article reports a clinical trial in which the anti inflammatory properties of marijuana great reduced and in some cases remised the symptoms of Crohn’s: