Study Says Cannabis May Help Reverse Dementia From Alzheimer’s

Toke up for the sake of your brain? The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

A team from Neuroscience Research Australia is in the early stages of research examining if one of the main active ingredients in cannabis, called cannabidiol, could reverse some of the symptoms of memory loss in animals.

Tim Karl, a senior research fellow with the group, said cannabidiol has been found to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and other effects that could be beneficial for the brain.

His study involved injecting cannabidiol into mice that had symptoms similiar to those seen in Alzheimer’s, as well as examining what would happen to brain cells treated with the drug. Dr Karl found that when the mice were given the cannabidiol they showed drastic improvement on parts of the tests that were related to recognising and remembering objects and other mice: “You could say it cured them.”

There had been case reports in medical literature of marijuana smokers who had developed Alzheimer’s disease, only to find their smoking seemed to relieve some of their symptoms.

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  • Zenc

    I’ve known some potheads.

    How could they even tell?

    • pothead4life

      You poor, ignorant soul. They have definitely convinced you the sky is red on this one. Did you know it cures cancer? Did you know that it is in fact a neuroprotectant? Don’t believe me? check out patent # 6630507.

    • BuzzCoastin

      it does seem a bit ironic
      the thought of pot being a memory enhancer….
      now where did I put my bong

  • Obliviousness

    Reminds me of the study that claims to have shown weed + video games helped alzheimers

    Doesn’t surprise me really. There is some incredible research thats been down on the medicinal properties of the cannibanoids in just the past 12 months alone.

  • Jeffrey Lee Anderson

    Misleading title.. Where’s the study at? I only see a news article about it.. >_<

    • Matt Staggs

      I don’t think that the title is misleading at all. There’s no implication that you may access the study by clicking the link, and the very first line – available even in preview – states “…The Sydney Morning Herald reports”

      • Zenc

        Matt, If you’d like, you can approve pothead4life’s comment.

        He’s not hurting my feelings.

        • Matt Staggs

          I didn’t see the comment before you mentioned. Apparently it got hung up in the pending folder. Serious pothead is serious.

      • Jeffrey Lee Anderson

        “A team from Neuroscience Research Australia is in the early stages of research examining if one of the main active ingredients in cannabis, called cannabidiol, could reverse some of the symptoms of memory loss in animals.”

        If your going to say a study made a conclusion, then they actually need a conclusion. If anything the title should say something like this, “Researchers are now investigating
        treatment in a Alzheimer’s’.

        • Jeffrey Lee Anderson

          In addition, when you use colloquial expressions in a title; specifically ‘Alzheimer’s’ & ‘Dementia’, your essentially paraphrasing your title.

      • Jeffrey Lee Anderson

        Like I said the title ‘is misleading’. XD

  • Ådne Aschehoug Aadnesen

    I have adhd,and cannabis makes my brain happy.

  • I R Bones

    It’s good to see proper research is being looked into but i’m skeptical of cannabis being the panacea it’s lauded as for many medical conditions (have tried it for a few medical problems myself – not exactly with what i would call results). This study looks like it could hold promise though. As more generalisation on the wider subject of narcotics with therapeutic properties, i hope that within my lifetime i see some of the designer and previously ‘recreational’ categorised substances properly investigated and researched as to medical uses – like the use of mdma (alongside other techniques of course – there can be a lot more to these things than ‘sh*ts n’ giggles’ and the misery of abuse) in psychotherapy on PTSD. One such substance that has been observed to have profound effects on memory recall is the recently banned methoxetamine (dangerous perhaps in the wrong setting or context and when abused, but quite possibly a valuable tool in supervised therapies)

  • Melissa Hazelwood Cliff

    Would like to read the published research article on this study. If it’s available online can someone please post the link.

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