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STATES CHRONICLE – Last week, it was revealed that marijuana could be legalized by the end of 2016. One of the impediments which could bring that plan to a grinding halt, however, is the fact does not yet have any DEA-approved beneficial medical properties.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies has continued to investigate any such beneficial properties. Preliminary evidence is firmly pointing towards the fact that compounds naturally found in marijuana can enhance the cellular removal of a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Scientists have created an in vitro simulation of the rapid expansion of Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers subjected the dying brain cells to the marijuana compounds and observed the dying nerves managing to survive.
Regeneration is, of course, still slow and presents a high risk of decay. The early simulations, however, suggest that the researchers could engineer a process which could prevent the Alzheimer’s toxic proteins from infecting the nerve cells in the first place.
Continuous research was done to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease have led to extensive study on how the brain and the infection behave. Scientists realized that the cellular inflammation was caused by the Alzheimer’s infection and not the human body attempting to fight it. The chemistry then led them to several compounds which they realized were already present in marijuana.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies would like to continue its research into ensuring that cannabis has more than just the potential to cure Alzheimer’s disease. The preliminary testing was performed at length in laboratory conditions and with exploratory laboratory models. They believe that all the data which could have been gathered from the preliminary stage has been made available.
The next step for the Salk Institute would be to proceed with authorized extensive clinical trials. Such trials do require adequate approval.
Presently, several other studies have been ongoing ever since medical marijuana was legalized in the state of California. Cannabis has been proven to have a multitude of beneficial medical effects.
The frequency of epilepsy seizures has been proven to decrease. Also, marijuana has been demonstrated be beneficial to individuals affected by type 2 diabetes, cancer, ulcerative colitis. Other less harsh afflictions have repeatedly been demonstrated to be ameliorated by cannabis.
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