The Benefits of CBD for Alzheimer
10 / 02 / 19

The Benefits of CBD for Alzheimer's Patients

Your health is important and having access to the resources to help you enjoy life to your fullest is too. CBD is one resource that can often help people dealing with various health issues to function and feel better.

What is CBD?

CBD is also known as cannabidiol and is part of the hemp plant. It is also found in the marijuana plant, but the hemp plant has higher concentrations of CBD and minimal concentrations of THC (less than 0.3%), the component that causes the 'high' in marijuana. CBD by itself, is not intoxicating at any dose. With over 100 cannabinoids that have been identified, medical professionals have found the most helpful to be CBD because it has proven itself to be capable of giving long-lasting relief for a variety of health issues. When used topically, CBD has shown potent antibacterial activity (against gram positive bacteria like staphylococcus/ streptococcus), anti-inflammatory, and some anti-tumor activity as well. Not all CBD is created equally, and with the increased interest, CBD can be found just about anywhere. This makes it essential to get a medical cannabis evaluation so that you can get the highest quality of CBD.

What is Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's Disease is characterized by cognitive decline and is the most common form of dementia. It is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease requiring eventual long-term care. It starts as mild problems with memory, communication, spatial orientation, and learning and then begins to affect daily life, such as eating, dressing, and emotional control. Eventually, severe impairments to speech, facial recognition, and global cognitive ability occur, and the patient becomes more susceptible to other illnesses.

How Does CBD Work in the Body?

CBD works with the naturally occurring endocannabinoid system in your body and can offer anti-inflammatory, neuroprotectant, and other benefits. There are two parts of the endocannabinoid system, CB1, and CB2. CB1 is located in every part of the brain, while CB2 lives in the immune cells of our brain, microglia. When CBD sends signals to the endocannabinoid system, it responds and essentially helps heal our body. The effect this could potentially have on Alzheimer's disease is enormous.

The Benefits of CBD on Alzheimer's

CBD is generally found to help calm the user and give them energy, focus, and clarity without affecting their ability to fall asleep when it's time. CBD has been known to help with depression and anxiety, as well. It helps the user know that they are safe by relaxing the nervous system and relieving the flight or fight response. Many Alzheimer's patients get agitated quickly, so this benefit of CBD is helpful for them, as well as their loved ones that are often at the receiving end of the agitation and possibly aggressive behavior. CBD also works to help control motor function and can help with appetite stimulation, two other areas that Alzheimer's patients have difficulty with.

CBD research has also shown the potential of CBD to help with the impact of inflammation, oxygen buildup, and the resulting brain cell diminishment. As a result of the stress related to Alzheimer's symptoms, the brain's inflammatory response kicks in, causing more symptoms. It's an unfortunate cycle, and the reason the calming effects of CBD could potentially help. In addition, oxygen is released in the brain during this process. The more oxygen in the brain, the more essential brain functions such as memory decrease. Because CBD is also an antioxidant, it can help reduce any problems the extra oxygen might cause.

In addition to the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties, research has discovered that it might help with the growth of neural tissue (neurogenesis) in the memory center of the brain - the hippocampus. This is especially important due to patient's typically rapid decline in brain cell health. Because it is good for brain health in this way and seems to support the intrinsic repair system of the brain, CBD is a positive choice for Alzheimer's patients.

How to Get Access to CBD

Help for obtaining CBD is available at Marijuana Doctor Now, located in Sarasota, FL. We are a state-approved marijuana doctor whose mission is to enhance the quality of our patient's lives through education and use of CBD and medical marijuana. We encourage you to come in for a consultation, where we will work to tailor a treatment plan for your specific needs. Each plan includes education, finding the most effective dose of CBD for your needs, and setting up a schedule and delivery method that works for you. We may also suggest several adjunct therapies to go along with your treatment plan.

No matter what stage of Alzheimer's you or your loved one are dealing with, we believe that CBD is a beneficial way to treat your condition naturally. After your consultation, if we decide that medical cannabis is also a good solution for you, we can help you apply for your Florida medical marijuana card and get you started on the path to healing and wellness.