Can Medical Marijuana Help Aging Parents With Dementia?

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Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms that manifest themselves in the form of a decline in memory and other cognitive abilities, all of which disrupt the day-to-day lives of a patient.

The inability to perform basic tasks such as preparing meals or pay bills can take a toll on families. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people above the age of 65 suffers from this disease, and the estimation is expected to grow by 2050.

The disease most commonly affects the elderly and the burden of caregiving usually falls upon the children. Not only is it devastating to deal with having someone you know go through something like this, it is also costly and demanding.

However, things are looking up now that more research hours are being to find out whether cannabis has positive side effects on the disease.

A trial is set to take place in 2019 by researchers at King’s College in London whereby they test the effects of this drug on a sample population that exhibits signs of agitation and aggression as a symptom of dementia.

Benefits of using CBD in Dementia patients:

Before we go on, we must state that CBD is oil that is extracted from a cannabis plant and is usually administered contained in a dropper bottle.

According to research conducted in 2017 by Salk Institute (California), CBD could help eradicate dementia from brain cells. According to them, CBD is useable on a few forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

It turns out that there are three primary ways CBD can work to monitor dementia in patients. Firstly, it reduces inflammation; secondly, it reduces the build-up of oxygen; lastly, it acts as a brain stimulant.

Managing the Symptoms Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease:

In patients with this particular form of dementia, it is easy to note a pattern of rapid decline and destruction of the brain cells.

As we discussed earlier, this brain tissue stimulation provided by ingesting CBD can prove beneficial to the patient.

Interestingly, a study conducted by Karl and Group in 2011 found that CBD promotes the development of brain cells, thus reducing memory loss.

CBD to help manage Parkinson’s disease:

A progressive neurodegenerative disorder common in middle aged and elderly people, it is characterized by low dopamine levels. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that controls the movement, motivation, memory, and other functions in the body; its decrease may result in dopaminergic cell death.

Since CBD contains anti-inflammatory and substances and antioxidants, it is well-suited to manage the disease.

Dementia can be incredibly taxing on the patients and caregivers. CBD can help manage the symptoms better to enhance the quality of life. It can be obtained if you fulfill the qualifying condition.

If you need a specialist consult and someone who can guide you through the process of acquiring medical marijuana, please get in touch with us here at Midori Med in Aventura, FL.

We have a list of approved medical marijuana dispensaries in and around Hollywood, Dania Beach, Hallandale Beach, FL.

Please reach us at 754-777-8283.