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Marijuana May Fight Alzheimer’s

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Posted on Oct 6, 2006
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THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, may be better at suppressing Alzheimer’s than any currently approved drug.

Pot: Making some people forget, helping others to remember…


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The active ingredient of marijuana could be considerably better at suppressing the abnormal clumping of malformed proteins that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s than any currently approved drugs prescribed for the treatment of the disease.

Scientists report the finding in the Oct. 2 issue of the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics.

About 4.5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, which gradually destroys memory. As more people survive into old age, cases of Alzheimer’s disease are expected to triple over the next 50 years. There is no known cure.

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By C Quil, October 6, 2006 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment
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Although I know the practical results of this research won’t mean that there will be thousands of mellowed-out elderly people with dramatically improved appetites, it is a lovely picture.

There must be some reason why it’s been in continuous use by humans for thousands and thousands of years, though. Maybe the ones who used it kept the memory alive long enough to pass on to the next generation.

This is a wonderful story. I hope it’s true and will keep people from losing the memory of their lives and stop the agony of people watching the ones they love disappear day by day as their memory fails.

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