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Recently, a team of scientist from the Salk Institute has stated that Alzheimer’s can indeed be cured using a THC treatment.
As surprisingly as this statement might seem, the team from Salk Institute did indeed manage to find a connection between amyloid plaques, inflammation and THC, a compound found inside marijuana.
In the last two decades, Alzheimer’s has turned into an infamous villains of all times, claiming lives after lived. Despite their best efforts, scientists have been unable to find a reasonable answer to the question: “how do we cure Alzheimer’s?”
As of late, thanks to a riveting discovery, scientists may be closer to cracking this case. According to the team’s paper, which was published in the Aging and Mechanisms of Disease Journal, curing Alzheimer’s might be possible using a THC treatment.
In their lab experiments, the researchers have observed that the beta amyloid plaque can be removed by using an endocannabinoids-based solution.
As we are aware of, Alzheimer’s can also be described as a lack of signaling between our brain’s neurons. More specifically, the infamous beta amyloid plaques actively block out the neurons, making communication impossible.
So, where does this THC treatment come in? The scientists have determined that endocannabinoids, a substance which belongs to the same family of compounds as THC, can reactivate the blocked neurons. By activating the THC receivers found in the neuron’s nerve cell, the compound can, potentially, prevent neurons from dying.
This sounds good on paper, but what happens out of the lab? We must understand that this approach is highly experimental, meaning that there are still unanswered questions. For instance, if such a treatment is devised, how will it passed the blood-brain barrier?
Another good question involving this THC treatment is: what are its long-term effects? As we can see, the scientists have many obstacles to pass before they can start testing out this treatment.
If the THC treatment hypothesis still stands after additional lab testing, then it will, no doubt change the way we think about this disease. Furthermore, using the compound found inside marijuana for medicinal purposes, isn’t exactly a new approach, but it has proven effective in the past.
As a parting note, we should add that this new THC treatment still needs more testing and retesting before it can be put to use.
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