Cannabidiol or CBD is a chemical compound that is derived from the Cannabis plant. Governments across the world have begun legalizing the use of CBD since research has shown that it has medicinal value. CBD has been made legal in 46 states in the United States. CBD is commonly confused with another compound in Cannabis called THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. One of the main difference between CBD and THC is that the later has psychoactive effects that the former doesn’t possess.
There have been a lot of studies on the health benefits of CBD. And there is a growing list of illnesses that CBD has been proven to treat. Dementia is one of those conditions that people claim CBD can treat. We will look at the efficacy of this claim in this article.
CBD and Dementia
According to studies conducted at the California Salk Institute, CBD can help several conditions related to dementia. These conditions include; Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), Vascular Dementia, Parkinson’s disease. Huntington’s disease and Frontotemporal dementia.
The research which was carried out in 2017 shows that CBD can remove dementia from brain cells. Researchers say there are different ways that CBD can remove dementia from the brain. One is the reductions of inflammation. CBD can also reduce the build-up of oxygen in the brain. CBD also works as a brain stimulant, and it also protects the nerves in the brain. CBD can also significantly reduce anxiety and stress in people with dementia. This compound can also help reduce the decline of the memory and other brain functions associated with dementia.
CBD and Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is defined as a progressive form of presenile dementia similar to senile dementia that usually affects people in the 40s and 50s. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are impaired memory which is generally followed by impaired thought and speech and finally complete helplessness.
Studies have shown that CBD can reduce inflammation which is one of the leading causes that increase the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation occurs in people with Alzheimer’s when the immune cells in the brain fail to clear disorienting blockages.
CBD has been shown to stimulate the brain tissue, and this can significantly benefit people with Alzheimer’s. The brain cells of people with Alzheimer’s is usually declining. And CBD’s ability to stimulate brain tissue will help patients with this disease. Researchers in Australia conducted a study in 2011 that showed CBD’s ability to promote the growth and development of brain cells. The Australian research which was carried out by Tim Karl and Carl Group shows that CBD tremendously reduces the decline of many vital brain functions including
Oxygen stress can have a negative impact on people with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that inflammation happens in the brain when oxygen is released. And the more inflammation occurs, the stronger its negative impact on the brain. These adverse effects include memory loss and other vital brain functions which slowly lead to total deterioration of the brain. CBD is an antioxidant and can help minimize the impact of oxygen stress and inflammation.