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The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Releases Study Supporting Use of Medical Marijuana

Body and Mind
Body and Mind January 26, 2016

We keep reading new reports of positive research on medical marijuana.

Here’s another by The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, which states that medical marijuana has been shown to reduce many symptoms correlated with Alzheimer’s.

Let’s examine their abstract:

BACKGROUND:

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

OBJECTIVE:

To measure efficacy and safety of medical cannabis oil (MCO) containing THC as an add-on to pharmacotherapy, in relieving behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

METHODS:

Eleven AD patients were recruited to an open label, 4 weeks, prospective trial.

RESULTS:

Ten patients completed the trial. Significant reduction in CGI severity score (6.5 to 5.7; p < 0.01) and NPI score were recorded (44.4 to 12.8; p < 0.01). NPI domains of significant decrease were: Delusions, agitation/aggression, irritability, apathy, and sleep and caregiver distress.

CONCLUSION:

Adding MCO to AD patients’ pharmacotherapy is safe and a promising treatment option.

And here’s more from a Paul Armenteno article. Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director for the National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

The administration of liquid cannabis extracts containing THC is associated with the mitigation of various symptoms of Alzheimer’s-related agitation and dementia, according to observational trial data published online ahead of print in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Israeli investigators assessed the use of cannabis oil as an adjunct pharmacotherapy treatment in ten Alzheimer’s disease patients over a period of several weeks. Researchers reported that drug administration was associated with a significant reduction in patients’ symptom severity scores. Specifically, cannabis oil ingestion corresponded with decreased levels of aggression, irritability, apathy, and delusions.

Read More of Study: Cannabis Oil Mitigates Symptoms of Alzheimer’s-Induced Dementia

Body and Mind
Body and Mind January 26, 2016

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