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Can CBD help people with Alzheimer's

CBD Alzheimer's

With the number of people with Alzheimer's expected to grow rapidly in the UK and the globe, research is expanding into alternative methods of treatment.  

new study into Cannabidiol (CBD) is being investigated as a potential treatment for several medical indications, many of which are characterised by altered memory processing. However, the mechanisms underlying these effects are unclear, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Dr. Michael Bloomfield, lead author of the study, acknowledged that CBD (oil) can “help reduce symptoms of psychosis and anxiety,” but added that there is evidence to support the belief that CBD can elevate memory function.

The aim was to investigate how CBD influences cerebral blood flow (CBF) in regions involved in memory processing. Their secondary aim was to determine if the effects of CBD on CBF were associated with differences in working and episodic memory task performance. Interestingly, the team from the University College London found that not only does CBD increase CBF inside the hippocampus (located deep in the temporal lobe), but greater CBD use was associated with a reduced reaction time on memory tasks.

The study used a randomised, crossover, double-blind design in which 15 healthy participants were administered 600 mg oral CBD or placebo on separate days. Using MRI-technology, researchers measured the blood flow for both groups. The results found that CBD increased blood flow to the brain, and the potential for treatment of Alzheimer’s. 

The conclusion was 'that CBD increases CBF to key regions involved in memory processing, particularly the hippocampus. These results identify potential mechanisms of CBD for a range of conditions associated with altered memory processing, including Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and cannabis-use disorders'. Study authors declared that paving the way to new treatments and better understanding of the brain’s inner workings on and off CBD, the team is delighted with the results.

More scientists than ever before are understanding CBD and marijuana’s potential treatment. With an ever-increasing number of adults in the UK and around the glove developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Study

Fresh Toast

Alzheimer's Research UK

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