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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Study Claims Marijuana Fights Alzheimer’s, Removes Toxins From Brain

Study Claims Marijuana Fights Alzheimer’s, Removes Toxins From Brain

Marijuana helps remove toxic proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study by the Salk Institute.

Marijuana compounds such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) could help slow the onset of the modern disease and fight to eradicate Alzheimer’s.

The Daily Caller reports:
Researchers found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as well as other compounds, helped to remove one of the key substances thought to trigger the onset of Alzheimer’s: amyloid beta-protein. THC is the chemical in marijuana that gives users a high and can also act as a pain reliever. Amyloid beta-protein build up in nerve cells with aging eventually forming plaque on the brain. 
“Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells,” says Professor David Schubert, senior author of the paper. 
The study’s authors used neurons grown in a lab to test the effects of THC. While the study is not conclusive and tests have not been conducted on humans, the research will still be useful in investigating how to mitigate the effects and onset of Alzheimer’s. Schubert said clinical trials would need to be conducted for before THC-like compounds can be used as a therapy.
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