Dementia is an umbrella term for various symptoms of cognitive impairment, such as memory loss, the decline in communication skills and thinking, etc. Statistics have shown that in the United States alone, 4.7 million people who are aged above 65 years are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia.
Recent memory loss, mood changes, misplacing things, loss of initiative, problems with abstract thinking, disorientation, communication problems, etc. are some of the most common symptoms of dementia. It is observed that the symptoms of dementia and such problems worsen as the patient ages.
Progressive brain cell death is considered the main cause of dementia. However, there is still doubt whether dementia is causing brain cell death or vice versa. It is important to note that a cure for dementia is not found yet and most of the existing treatment aims at easing the symptoms of this disorder.
A recent animal study has shown that CBD can help to reduce the death of brain cells and this paved way for a lot of researchers to find more about the effect of CBD on treating Dementia.
What Is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the major cannabinoid compounds that are present in the Cannabis Sativa family of plants. Even though it is abundant in both hemp and marijuana plants, CBD is usually extracted from the hemp plant because the amount of psychoactive cannabinoid THC is very low in hemp. THC can create intoxicating effects in users and it is a controlled substance in the United States.
CBD possesses several therapeutic properties that help in the treatment of many health disorders. The health benefits of CBD have made it popular around the world and today millions of people are using different types of CBD products to alleviate their health problems.
CBD For Dementia
The researchers at California’s Salk Institute conducted a study in the year 2017 and found that cannabinoids like CBD and THC can improve the connection between brain cells and manage the symptoms of dementia. Many laboratories around the world validated the finding of California’s Salk Institute. However, the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved any CBD-based medication for the treatment of dementia.
CBD possesses several therapeutic properties that can help in the treatment of dementia and related disorders. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD help in reducing brain inflammation and provide some relief to dementia symptoms. The use of CBD can also help in reducing the oxygen buildup in the brain and can work as a neuroprotectant and brain stimulant.
CBD can reduce the stress and anxiety associated with dementia and can provide a sense of calmness and relaxation. Some clinical studies have shown that the use of CBD helped to manage memory loss in people affected with different forms of dementia. Memory decline is one of the major symptoms of dementia.
Let’s take a look at the effects of CBD on different forms of dementia.
It is observed that the inflammation in the brain is the core cause of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and the increase in the levels of inflammation can increase the negative impacts of the condition. The immune response is the result of the failure of the brain’s immune cells to clear disorienting blockages. Oxygen is released to the brain as a result of inflammation and increased oxygen buildup in the brain can lead to memory loss.
It has proven that CBD possesses anti-inflammatory properties and inflammation is the major cause of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the use of CBD will help in reducing inflammation and gives relief from the symptoms of the condition. CBD can also act as an antioxidant and reduce the problems caused by excess oxygen buildup in the brain.
This chronic progressive disease affects your nervous system and decreases the production of dopamine. Parkinson’s disease is characterized by muscular rigidity, tremor, and slow, imprecise movement. Studies have shown that CBD can act as an effective brain protector and its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are very beneficial for managing chronic progressive disease that mainly affects middle-aged and older adults.
Dementia With Lewy Bodies
This type of dementia is caused due to the abnormal deposit of alpha-synuclein protein in the brain. These deposits are called Lewy bodies and can affect the changes in the brain. These changes may lead to several problems associated with sleeping, movement, behavior, thinking, and mood. Some studies have shown that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can help in reducing tremors and maintaining circadian rhythms.
Side Effects Of CBD
It is important to note that the FDA has not yet approved the use of any CBD-based medication for the treatment of any form of dementia. Even though CBD is considered a safe compound to consume, using it in high doses can cause some side effects, including dry mouth, drowsiness, fatigue, and low blood pressure.