Cannabis Therapy is frequently asked what the developments regarding cannabis oil for dementia treatment are. Dementia is not one particular disease. This term refers to a set of symptoms associated with deterioration in memory or cognitive skills, to the extent that the patient battles to complete normal daily activities. Most dementia cases (60-80%) are Alzheimer’s disease, while Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. However, many other conditions can cause symptoms of dementia. Some are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.
Dementia is not a single disease; it is a general term — like heart disease — that covers a wide range of specific medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease. Abnormal brain changes cause disorders grouped under the general term “dementia”. These changes trigger a decline in thinking skills, also known as cognitive abilities, severe enough to impair daily life and independent function. They also affect behaviour, feelings and relationships.
Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80% of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs because of microscopic bleeding and blood vessel blockage in the brain, is the second most common cause of dementia. Those who experience brain changes in multiple types of dementia simultaneously have mixed dementia. Many other conditions can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.
Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as “senility” or “senile dementia,” reflecting the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that severe mental decline is a normal part of ageing.
How Can Cannabis Oil Benefit Dementia?
Some studies have found that taking cannabis could help manage some behavioural symptoms of dementia, such as agitation or aggression. While there is currently no scientific evidence that cannabis can help prevent the disease, anecdotal evidence is mounting to enhance each patient’s quality of life.
Meanwhile, scientists have shown interest in the role of the endocannabinoid system to help treat Alzheimer’s disease. Some studies have shown that THC could remove amyloid clumps (hallmarks of Alzheimer’s) from nerve cells grown in a lab. Other researchers believe that using CBD to target CB2 receptors could manage microglia activity, ending the potentially harmful overactivation of the brain’s immune system.
Cannabis Therapy suggested treatment guidelines:
Panacea THC/CBD tincture and the patient can take five drops twice daily (morning and night)
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