Active Compound in Cannabis Found to Shield the Brain from Alzheimers Disease
It is confirmed that the active chemical compound in marijuana or THC can remove the toxic bundle of amyloid beta protein. This protein damages the brain beyond repair.
Moreover, this discovery is backed up by many previous studies. Revealing the effective and protective qualities of cannabinoids and THC over patients suffering from this neurodegenerative disease.
The causes of the Alzheimer’ disease are mostly unclear. However, it is believed that there are two types of lesions: amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. A dense groups of amyloid plaques between the neurons are formed.
On the other hand, neurofibrillary tangles are product of defective tau proteins that bundle up into a wide, insoluble mass in the neurons.
It is still unknown how the formation of these lesions is made. Recent research has linked the inflammation in brain tissue to the spread of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles.
Antonio Currais, member of Scripps Research Institute – “Inflammation within the brain is a major component of the damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
It has always been assumed that this response was coming from an immune-like cells in the brain, not the nerve cells themselves,”
He concluded that – “When we were able to identify the molecular basis of the inflammatory response to amyloid beta, it became clear to us. THC-like compounds that the nerve cells make themselves may be involved in protecting the cells from dying.”
David Schubert with his team at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies located in California put the impact of THC over the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease on a test.
David Schubert – “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.”
Furthermore, THC is the compound that provides pain relief and causes pain relief. But is important to know that this occurrence only happens when psychedelic effects.
Cannabis does not offer the state of mind and/or body high if consumed raw. It requires heat to release the THC that gives that unique tingling.
Besides all these, THC’s influence the HIV symptoms, chronic pain related to chemotherapy, post-traumatic stress disorder and stroke.
The therapeutic properties of the THC can be very beneficial. A group of scientist started a program which they try to breed genetically modified yeast that would yield more THC.
The compound works by passing from the lungs into the bloodstream, where it attaches to two types of receptors. This two types are cannabinoid receptor (CB) 1 and 2, which are found on cell surfaces all over the body.
These receptors that are located in the brain are most concentrated in neurons associated with: perception, pleasure, memory, thinking and coordination.
Due to tetrahydrocannabinol’s tendency to bind to lipid molecules, it interferes with brain’s ability to communicate with itself. In other words, the ability of complex physical activities is compromised.
Since THC is great for removing the harmful accumulations of amyloid beta proteins. This could mean something big for most, if not all the symptoms related to aging. So far, THC has proved itself to be very promising in reducing inflammation and plaque buildup, according to newest lab test results.
THC is very helpful in removing harmful accumulations of amyloid beta proteins. Also, scientist proved that THC can reduce plaque build- up and inflammation.
However, despite the potential the cannabis is offering, the government is still having trouble supporting these programs.
The results have been published in Aging and Mechanisms of Disease. HERE