Qualifying Conditions Medical Marijuana

Dementia and Cannabis for Behaviors & Neuroinflammation

How Does Medical Marijuana Help Neuroinflammation and Dementia?

Studies have reported changes in the endocannabinoid system in the brain of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), playing a role in the pathophysiology of AD. Cannabinoids have been shown to have neuroprotective properties, reduce neuroinflammation, and enhance neurogenesis. Evidence suggests that the utilization of marijuana products containing both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) or CBD alone have been effective and safe for use in older people with agitation associated with dementia.

A review in 2017 summarized positive findings for therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids in agitation of AD and dementia, but there was no definitive conclusion because of varying cannabinoid products. Cannabinoids were shown to be well tolerated, with few short-term side effects. This differs from first-line medications utilized for dementia behaviors, which can have unwanted side effects.

Credit: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32600509/

Texas Cannabis Clinic was honored to have Dr Brimberry be featured at the Central TX Lewy Body Dementia support group with the Senior Living Advisors of Austin on March 19th, 2022. Caregivers from across the country joined in for this event, they are unsung heroes in our community caring for people suffering from dementia. It was our pleasure to bring the the knowledge of Medical Marijuana to this group and more.

Here’s to better days with access to an amazing medicine that works for patients with dementia.