The Effects of Medical Marijuana on Alzheimer’s Treatment

Marijuana is a controversial topic in the medical community, with some well-respected doctors advocating for its use and others concerned about its addictive properties and long term effects. As researchers continue to explore the drug as a potential treatment to chronic and terminal illnesses, some studies are focusing their efforts on the effects of medical marijuana on Alzheimer’s treatment and symptoms.The Effects of Medical Marijuana on Alzheimer's Treatment

Learn more about these studies and why more work needs to be done in evaluating it as a treatment for the disease.

Medical Marijuana Brings Controversy to the Medical Community

Medical marijuana or medical cannabis has been used throughout the world and for thousands of years to treat disease or alleviate symptoms from disease.

Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two medical marijuana medications in pill form, “dronabinol” and “nabilone.” These two drugs are being used to treat nausea caused by chemotherapy and increase the appetites of people with AIDS.

However, because of its addictive properties and unknown long term effects, its usage today is controversial in the medical community. While medical marijuana has been shown to reduce nausea in people undergoing chemotherapy and help people living with HIV/AIDS some medical professionals are wary of using it as a treatment method.

Several organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine, have issued statements opposing its usage for medical treatment purposes.

The Effects of Medical Marijuana on Alzheimer’s Prevention

preclinical study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that very small doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a chemical found in marijuana, can slow the production of beta-amyloid proteins, thought to be a hallmark characteristic and key contributor to the progression of Alzheimer’s.

The study, published in 2014, is among others to support the effectiveness of THC in prohibiting the growth of toxic amyloid plagues.

Co-author of the study, Neel Nabar, cautions against drawing quick conclusions from their study saying:

“It’s important to keep in mind that just because a drug may be effective doesn’t mean it can be safely used by anyone. However, these findings may lead to the development of related compounds that are safe, legal, and useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Another study from the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California has also found that tetrahydrocannabinol and other compounds found in marijuana may reduce the amount of beta amyloid in the brain. Beta amyloid is a hallmark characteristic of Alzheimer’s and is commonly thought to cause the neurodegenerative disease.

While the findings are preliminary, researchers are optimistic about their findings. David Schubert, professor at the Salk Institute and senior author on the study says, “Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells.”

In the study, researchers found that by exposing beta amyloid proteins to THC, it reduced the levels of beta amyloid, stopped the inflammatory response from the nerve cells caused by beta amyloid and allowed the nerve sells to survive. Antonio Currais, a postdoctoral researcher and first author on the paper noted:

“Inflammation within the brain is a major component of the damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but it has always been assumed that this response was coming from immune-like cells in the brain, not the nerve cells themselves. When we were able to identify the molecular basis of the inflammatory response to amyloid beta, it became clear that THC-like compounds that the nerve cells make themselves may be involved in protecting the cells from dying.”

Researchers caution that their findings were conducted in a laboratory model and that further research needs to be done in a clinical trial before any conclusive evidence can be produced.

Using Medical Marijuana to Treat Dementia

While researchers have seen some success in using medical marijuana to fight the formation of beta amyloid plaques, studies are showing differing results in using it to treat the disease.

A research team from Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, Netherlands, recently investigated the effects of medical marijuana on symptoms of dementia including aggression, anxiety, depression, insomnia and hallucinations, and did not see a statistically significant difference when using medical marijuana to treat symptoms associated with the disease.

The team divided their 50 participants into two groups with one group receiving 1.5 mg of medical marijuana pills and the other receiving a placebo pill. Participants took the pill three times a day for three weeks. After comparing the behavioral symptoms of both groups, researchers found there was no difference in the two groups.

Contrarily, a recent study published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease has concluded that cannabis extract containing THC can relieve these symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Researchers from the Abarbanel Mental Health Center and the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University along with the Department of Psychology at Bar-Ilan University conducted the study, which was one of the first clinical studies observing the effects of cannabis on Alzheimer’s.

The study observed the effects of medical marijuana on 11 people living with Alzheimer’s over the course of 4 weeks. 10 participants finished the trial. Despite the small size of the study, researchers concluded that:

“Adding medical cannabis oil to Alzheimer’s patients’ pharmacotherapy is a safe and promising treatment option.”

What do you think about using medical marijuana to treat Alzheimer’s and dementia symptoms? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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  • Linda Morse

    Please provide links to Journal articles when you use information such as the above. The information provided is too generalised. Of the 50 PWD trialled were they all at the same stage of the disease? where they all taking same meds? The treatment of chronic pain and tremors in PWD is of great interest. A great deal more information required.

    • caitlinburm

      Hi Linda,

      Thank you for providing that feedback to us.

      We have linked to two journals that we referenced in the article, which discuss the potential therapeutic effects of THC on Alzheimer’s and the molecular link between the active component of marijuana and Alzheimer’s pathology.

      The links can also be found below:

      I hope that can you find the specific information that you’re looking for there.

      Thank you again for your feedback, and know that will take it into consideration when writing articles like this in the future.

      • Linda Morse

        Many thanks much appreciated

    • Using Medical Marijuana to Treat Dementia

      • Co-author of the study, Neel Nabar, cautions against drawing quick conclusions from their study saying:

    • clinical trial before any conclusive evidence can be produced.

  • Gloria

    Great article! I have also read that medical marijuana reduces the growth of tumor in lung cancer patients. I’m just hoping this discovery will lead to a permanent solution for Alzheimer’s disease. It is such an unfortunate thing to happen to any family. My mother has Alzheimer’s and is living in an assisted care facility near us. [Link Removed] I feel that, more than the person affected by the disease, it is the immediate family members, who watch them go through this, is the ones that deals with the most pain. It’s hard, specially when our loved one won’t recognize us.

  • Dale Lewis

    Why doesn’t the medical “community” get their facts straight, with respect to the “addictive” properties of weed? Its simply NOT physically addictive! Surely, the enjoyable “high” can weave its magic spell, but that’s a still a choice that the user is free to make.

    • anechoic

      I thought the same exact thing! :/

      • Miguel Malave Figueroa

        I agree with all u said

    • Chels Rutledge

      Maybe because the medical community relies on science and facts rather than propaganda. Marijuana has been shown to only be mentally addictive (you like it so you want it) and not physically addictive (has negative physical affects on the body without it). It is less addictive to the body than sugar, msg, and caffein–all of which I would bet money you consume every day). My mother is highly accredited behavioral psychologist with a focus on addiction and 20 years of experience treating addiction. If you truly believe that pot is addictive you are ignoring the actual facts and listening to propaganda.

      • so you actually agree with Dale Lewis. I have to point out something else also. The vast Propaganda of the Medical / Pharmaceutical field that is very brainwashed. they are trained to make a profit for thier masters, they would rather Kill with Chemo than Cure with Cannabis.. where are the studies? Maybe outlawed by the same crooked lobbyists of the Pharmaceutical corporations that bribe our Politicians to keep the Cure illegal… They have legalized Meth, (adderall), and Heroin, (oxycontin) for our children but pretend Cannabis is too dangerous? American’s are Waking Up to the Crimes being pulled on U.S..

        • Chelsea

          Actually, I don’t fully understand his stance. The medical community is not confused about the addictive properties of marijuana. Mentally addictive like liking something liking it and doing it to the point it becomes habit. Like how a lot of times ex smokers, even when they break the nicotine addiction, still chew on pens or pretzel sticks because they need something to do with their hands–the habit can be addictive. But, generally, when the medical community refers to addiction, they refer to physical/chemical addiction and there is just no evidence of that with pot. I would also argue that most doctors would recommend marijuana over most prescription alternatives if they legally could because of how little it interacts with other drugs, the inability to OD on it, and it’s overall health properties compared to most drug alternatives.

          • Chelsea

            *Mentally addictive is like having something, liking it, and doing it to a point…*

          • Chelsea

            Here–this is why there is so much confusion as the the “addictive properties” of pot.

            The problem is public ignorance of the different forms of addiction NOT the medical communities use of the word addiction. Mental addiction is essentially psychosomatic. It’s all in your head.

          • Thomas Blank

            fast food is mentally addictive, but no one cares one whit.

          • Loren Hall

            So is television.

          • Janey

            Actually there are many addictive chemicals in fast food… namely MSG which is used heavily and is ten times more addictive than nicotine

          • Thomas Blank

            sugar in food is mentally addictive, but you can quit or just keep eating it. Alcohol and cigarettes are physically adictive, far more so than cannabis, but they are completely legal like food. Your argument has no sense of perspective, whcih often happens when your really have no argument.

          • Donna Mattingly

            I have the sugar addiction, it’s murder! Having been raised Mormon, I was not much exposed to alcohol or pot – but they own Coke and it’s now ok to drink it. However, as a former I have now tried several things and none have proven to be addictive for me except sugar.

            CBD oil has been lifesaving for me to treat severe anxiety – but unlike smoking pot it does not give me an even more urgent desire for the sugar.

          • Agarnier

            I’ve been inflicted with heart disease and colon cancer but, I thank the excellent physicians and surgeons who resuscitated me and are responsible for my recovery, not some sky fairy who had nothing to do with it.

          • Nareth Leang

            Sky fairy? Would that be the God you pray to? Your diseases were likely a combination of genetic predisposition and your poor lifestyle choices. I am glad science aided you in your recovery. Preliminary research suggests real efficacy in THC squelching the Alzheimer inducing amyloid plaque at its root. But the sort of science that saved you cannot be pursued because big pharma/Washington greed has tenaciously fought a potential natural cure by keeping research at bay with a schedule 1 classification (alongside wildy addictive poisons created by big pharma: opiates, amphetamines, benzodiazepines). If you want to live in make believe, don’t talk to me about sky fairies.

          • Janey

            I disagree that cannabis is addictive….
            I will say that can be habituating…. Not addictive
            There’s a huge difference

          • Eileen Blake

            Smh … A 1000 different strains for a 1000 different cures … This is y its illegal .. It stops Seizures actual it heals the brain period n I’m not speaking about the stuff I read but by my personal experience n what I experienced with my mom … My mom had dementia my mom had been a heavy cancer stick smoker for 40 years ( figs cause plax in the arteries, arteries travel through the body including the brain , get where I’m going with this) my mom didn’t get cancer ( which BTW CANNABIS KILLS CANCER) but did get dementia it came on slowly the drugs they gave her just made things worse she was on two meds before the dementia meds 4 mths after the dementia meds she was on 3 more meds for side effects 6 mths after that 3 more meds for more side effects … So I started doing my research ( just as I did when I was told I have seizures ) I found out not only would it stop the progression but it can reverse it so I started my mom on a joint a day … She stopped forgetting things n started remembering The confusion stopped the one doctor that came to the house mthly started cutting her drugs down even removed some from the rotation the head office didn’t like it so they removed that doctor n sent one who not only reinstated the doses but doubled them I kept on with the holistic route had her blood pressure from 270/165 to 120/100 which is normal she wasn’t feeling any dementia symptoms she was down to 3 meds from 12 She was doing great Until she got sick with pneumonia ( What Chem trails do to the elderly n small children it rains it down on us then the sun actives it the army calls it population control n affect those with respiratory issues) they took blood n saw that the meds were low level so they jack them up even the blood pressure meds My mom ended up dying in the hospital of a massive heart attack … As for me 6 yes ago diagnosed with seizures 72 a week If I took the drugs I was given not only would I still be on them but I’d be on 4 other meds if not more for side effects Cause one of the side affects is .. Induces migraines ( which I’ve had since childhood) into seizures ( wait aren’t the meds suppose to stop seizures ) to a stroke That just one side effect the others were just as peachy .. Today I can say I am seizure free for 2 yrs now without using the meds but with smoking cannabis two MRIs one showing multiple seizures n the other showing no seizures with two added bonuses Of no dead zones in my brain from the seizure n double the brain cell activity … I was told if I don’t take the meds I will never be cured he was wrong because if I took the drugs I’d never be healed … Now u can find him on YouTube saying cannabis heals the brain … If u think ur doctor has ur best interest in hand then u believe the brainwashing cause the medical profession n big pharma DGAFAY .. U being sick makes them BILLIONS of dollars a year

          • Love EarthSap

            Hello Eileen Blake, OMG… I am going through exactly the same thing with my mum whom has dementia! I have video evidence of her miraculous improvement after we took her out of the mental institute where they had her on loads of very damaging seizure causing meds!!! We nearly lost her!!! We took her off all those anti psychotics and working with a local MD/Holistic Doctor she started walking again and her neck came upright when they said her neck will never come upright again (which was caused by an evil drug called clozapine), she started eating by herself and instead of just screaming literally all day she started forming words again and actually recognising us again! She started singing, dancing and even was able to go to the toilet by herself in just 7weeks on the oil and other beautiful natural medication as well as a very high nutrient dense diet she was on. VERY sadly We ran out of money and the worst day of my life was when i had to actually take my mum back to that government mental institute – and now i am watching her basically die right in front of my eyes as again she can’t walk or talk (just screams) and not really eating much! I feel powerless!!! I am stuck in the UK with no more money as I’ve spent it all on trying to help my mum in the past 2 years! I have become incredibly desperate and am now trying to raise funds to save my mums life! I am SO SORRY that your mum had to die in their evil money sucking hands and it is for your mum and others that i MUST raise this money to prove this is possible and that people like my mum and yours do not have to suffer a horrible death! My mum is in South Africa in that mental institute where they tie her to a chair all day and violate her body!!! Do you know of anyone that could help us? Or is there anyone on this chat that could help us? This is the first time I’m on a chat like this. Any advice… ANYTHING!!?? I don’t know how much time i have! Its been almost 4weeks since i started her campaign and we are no where close to the amount we need!!! Most people in my life will not approve of the oil so this is why i am reaching out to people like you and like mindeds now… in hope that something might actually happen! Im even thinking of contacting cannabis researchers…. (oh yes… and I am SO happy for you that you are seizure free and doing well!!!) Love & Light we Unite

          • Eileen Blake

            sorry I haven’t been on hope all is well with ur mum … the govts are about controlling us or at least trying to … things here in the states are in an up roar with Trump as president stealing from the poor n making the rich richer all hes gonna do is destroy our environment if not get us in a war …..THC cannabis oil is great for brain issues … Ur govt knows what it can do that’s y they wont use it here in the states they r trying to only let people use cbd cannabis oil its only good for pain but the THC version kills cancer as well as healing the brain … idk if u get youtube online but if u do look up rick Simpson n phoenix tears hes the man who discovered cannabis oil n has a video to show u how to make it …. again sorry ive not been on

          • cigarettes are physically addictive, big difference. Marijuana is addictive in 9% of the population. but what they leave out is the simple fact that 9% of the population can become Personally Addictive to ANYTHING! picking thier nose, cracking thier knuckles. The only thing Marijuana has been proven to be dangerous too? is the Profit of Opiates and Heroin.

          • Daniel

            “Addiction” can mean a lot of things, but it’s primarily a behavioral health term meaning a pattern someone integrates into their life that’s harming them and they continue it as though it’s not. Similarly, tolerance, withdrawal, and physical dependency are entirely different aspects of different kinds of addiction… but in terms of balancing safety and efficacy, the likelihood of tolerance, physical withdrawal, lethality of overdose, cancer potential, metabolite toxicity, biochemical interactions are kindof high up on the list. Can (any) cannabinoids really improve Alzheimer symptoms? I really doubt it, but considering the other things that we do in life that are much more dangerous, it’s preposterous that we don’t even try to find out with anybody who wants to do so.

          • Nareth Leang

            The science doesn’t support your doubt. But to prevent research and squelch hope for big pharma greed is indeed preposterous.

        • Scott Clarkin

          You have no clue what you are talking about, I am sorry but oxycontin isn’t heroin(it is oxycodone in extended release format,), and Adderall isn’t meth (it is regular 4 different amphetamine salts, )
          Actually in America Methamphetamine is as legal as Adderall, under the brand name desoxyn, indicated for narcolepsy, chronic obesity, chronic fatigue syndrome, and sometimes even ADHD. In Canada Diamorphine(heroin) is used as a post operative pain medication in some cases.
          It’s a pipe dream to believe cannabis can fully replace opiod based pain killers, that is not to say cannabis can’t be used for pain, or even in conjunction with opiods to keep dosages acceptable. The problem that lies is the greedy capitalistic nature of American culture, we wouldn’t be having this opiate epidemic if Purdue pharmaceutical hadn’t in the guise of harm reduction replaced oxy-contin with oxy-neo(the didn’t do it out of care they did it because their patent was running out, paving the way for cheap Chinese fentanyl to be adulterated into heroin, that some of users switched to because of lack of availability of Oxycontin)

          • Beth gordon

            Oxycontin and heroin are both derived from the same plant. Oxycontin is a synthetic opiate, or opioid. They are the same.

          • Scott Clarkin

            Similar is not the same,

          • MSeeco

            Not the same because one is pharmaceutical grade and the other is street grade. With Oxycontin people know exactly what it is and what it will do and Heroin being a street drug primarily is cut with all sorts of things that are awful, and many times unknown. That is why in Massachusetts where I live there were over a thousand deaths from Fentanyl that was in the “Heroin”. This is an important distinction that must be made when comparing the two drugs. Unless you don’t actually understand the context of addiction and the actual street and street drugs. This is why the deaths of opiates surged after oxycontin was ripped from the market and people started to use “Heroin” which if it was actually just heroin you would have 100,000+ people still living.

          • Dale Lewis

            I rather agree that Grass isn’t much of a physical pain reliever. Its greater worth is as an agent for improving brain functioning and activity, with one, notable physiological exception. Its is THE best anti-nausea “drug” available. As a survivor of multiple chemotherapy treatments, earlier in my life, I can speak to its incredible properties, to relieve nausea!

          • Nareth Leang

            Cannabis doesn’t interrupt the pain pathway in the way opiates would. It changes the perception of the experience of pain in the mind. It allows one to observe pain from a distance, not be consumed by it.

          • The_ATL_Guy

            LOL! This is just a word salad. It’s like your a Facebook meme come to life

          • Nareth Leang

            From what I’ve seen from your posts thus far, your mind is salad. Learn to utilize language/logic.

          • Nareth Leang

            Before you express more uninformed mind-vomit, google how opiates chemically interrupt pain transmission, as opposed to cannabis, which effects the mind that processes the input. Otherwise, continue to embarrass yourself. You’re good at it.

          • The_ATL_Guy

            Your friends and family think your nuts so all you have is this silly page. Keep loving your Google U degree to it’s fullest

          • Nareth Leang

            Angry/dysfunctional much? You are projecting (Google it). I have spent no time/energy here, unlike you, dolt. And once more, it is “you’re” not “your”. Not much for learning, are you? (Google Dolt).

          • The_ATL_Guy

            And you’re a Chef, right?

          • Dale Lewis

            I rather agree that Grass isn’t much of a physical pain reliever. Its greater worth is as an agent for improving brain functioning and activity, with one, notable physiological exception. Its is THE best anti-nausea “drug” available. As a survivor of multiple chemotherapy treatments, earlier in my life, I can speak to its incredible properties, to relieve nausea!

        • Greg

          Dr’s are being bought by big pharma right out of college. That’s why they are waiting for pharmaceuticals to synthesize cannabis, and that they will legalize, only that.

        • The_ATL_Guy

          So many bullshit statements made in one paragraph.
          Marijuana cures cancer? Can’t wait to see citation for that one

          • Nareth Leang

            Because big pharma & Washington greed has kept cannabis a schedule 1 drug (alongside the real poisons created/marketed by big pharma), the research required is being squelched. Reschedule cannabis (not gonna happen…money rules) and the the research/evidence/healing will come. ATL-Guy…what inspires you? Could it be you are a big pharma troll? Your motives are suspect. Who fears science but those who may lose profit?

          • The_ATL_Guy

            Yes, totally! I’m getting paid to post on this site! That must be it! You’re so important!

            For DECADES the pharmaceutical industry has created medications with,”natural” ingredients. The pharmaceutical industry would LOVE nothing more than to research marijuana.

            You really aren’t good at this stuff are you?

          • Nareth Leang

            You make this personal? What broke you regarding cannabis? Regarding life? What is YOUR crutch?

          • The_ATL_Guy

            I’m a medical professional who has to deal with idiots like you in real life

          • Nareth Leang

            You seem quite uneducated. You pretend. I, however, do work in the profession. What, then, is your specialty?

          • The_ATL_Guy

            Neuropathy, what’s yours?

          • Nareth Leang

            That is a condition, not a specialty. I work in interventional radiology. I just looked over your posts against the world. You are quite angry…you must be suffering. Your energy would be better spent elsewhere. Get help & best of luck. Goodbye.

          • The_ATL_Guy

            That’s the area i work in, Chef! Do you cook a mean orange chicken?

          • The_ATL_Guy

            That’s pretty hilarious that you troll on here and tell people you’re a medical professional when in reality you’re a Chef! LOL

          • The_ATL_Guy

            Why are my comments getting deleted? Why are you deleting comments, chef?

          • The_ATL_Guy

            Are you trying to hide the fact that you’re deceiving people within this forum? You’re a Chef and not a medical professional!

          • Cannabis Kamikaze

            You do know that cannabinoids possess neuroprotectant properties right? There are patents stating such studies.

          • The_ATL_Guy

            What is your specialty given you’re a Chef? Medical marijuana brownies?

          • Nareth Leang

            Seek help. I cannot give you what you need in this forum.

          • The_ATL_Guy

            Since you’re a Chef, can you bake me some marijuana brownies?

          • Cannabis Kamikaze

            Haha how do you know she’s a chef?

          • Cannabis Kamikaze

            That was quite funny. Not all are uneducated. I’ve been many doctors that are not worthy of he profession. Title doesn’t mean anything. You sound smart, you know this.

          • Cannabis Kamikaze


          • Nareth Leang

            Cannabis cannot be patented. Effective alternatives threaten profit. Even you can grasp this?

          • The_ATL_Guy

            Buzzzzzzz you’re 100% wrong on this statement. It’s completely factually inaccurate!

          • Nareth Leang

            Goodbye. You are not my problem. Good luck to you.

          • The_ATL_Guy

            Where did you go, Chef?

          • Nareth Leang

            Again, learn: IT IS YOU’RE, NOT YOUR. Keep trying shadow.

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      • porpoiseboy

        “mentally addictive” is not addiction at all. it is just lack of will power. i.e……… if you REALLY don’t have reason to quit, you won’t.

        • Janey

          It’s habituating, not addicting
          That’s the huge difference

        • Nareth Leang

          Trump & his kind are addicted to money/power. Outlaw that.

          • porpoiseboy

            are you just catching up? that is a 2yr old post.

      • Thomas Blank

        really? the medical community relies of facts? How about kjnowing that acetaminophen caused liver damage when combined with alcohol but allowing nyquil to be marketed for 15 years AFTER this was discovered. The facts eluded them for 15 years apparently while profits were taken.

        • Chels Rutledge

          You’re considering things that are not the medical community the medical community with this comparison. The medical community knows that combining a set of medicine and alcohol can cause liver damage. They do not dictate what th you’re considering things that are not the medical community the medical community with this comparison. The medical community knows that combining a set of medicine and alcohol can cause liver damage. They do not dictate what Proctor and Gamble sells or how they market. They also do not have control over the ignorance of consumers. Try again.

          • Thomas Blank

            I consider people who set regulations part of the medical ommunity, sorry!

          • Dale Lewis

            Are we talking about the “Medical Community”, or the Pharmaceutical Industry? The people who set/make the laws love those enormous rivers of cash, from the Pharmacy corporations. Although, I think of the Medical Community in a different context, their ability to get their facts right can still be skewed by factors other than cash, cash, and more cash.

            Despite growing evidence from research studies, there are many in the Medical Community who have their minds made up, that Marijuana use is a “gateway” to addictive drugs. Further, the Neo-Conservative, Christian Revivalists, see Marijuana as being a plague, straight from the bowels of Hell, while thinking nothing of sharing a few beers during the picnic, after Sunday services, or firing up the still, hidden out in the woods.

      • Larrance the Lamb

        Surely the “addiction” to cannabis (bull), comes from the smoking of it, when people mix it with TABACO. Which is addictive. Surely then the addiction is to “wsmoking tabaco) and not the weed.

      • Candice Dunsmore

        Pot may be addictive, I will not argue that, however the prescribed medications are also highly addictive. If you were to stop taking anti-psychotics or benzos you could have serious and possibly life threatening withdrawal symptoms. With pot you would probably just be a little grumpy.

      • Dr. Richard Schulman

        Any stimulus that functions as reinforcement will almost invariably increase the probability of the behavior producing such a source of reinforcement. But, that doesn’t necessarily render it addictive in the way that alcohol, heroin, nicotine, and many other reinforcers can be. While a marijuana smoker may miss marijuana in its absence, there simply is no climbing the walls as in “addictive” substances. You simply miss marijuana as you would miss other non-addictive reinforcers. Let’s take hiking in the woods for clarification by way of an example. And, we’ll assume that a person finds this activity reinforcing. When he can’t engage in this favored activity, he miss
        es the activity. Does he exhibit behavior like a heroin addict during withdrawal? Of course not. The same is true of marijuana. One might speculate that the major reason that marijuana is not addictive is because of its long half-life

    • Truth

      Are the antidepressants, that are prescribed regularly, addictive? They create withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking them, so the term “addictive” is being selectively applied, perhaps? I guess when you are told to take a certain medication for the rest of your life, the term “addictive” can be used quite loosely.

      • Yes, your body gets “used to” [addicted] the drug…that’s why you have to wean off of certain drugs.

    • Thomas Blank

      and yet they feel free to prescribe opiates almost like candy. more people died from prescription opiates(which are very addictive) last year than from heroin. the medical community needs to be weaned from big pharma. as far as “unknown long term effects” it sure doesnt stop them from prescribing opiates and SSRI’s, both far more damaging and dangerous than cannabis.

      • Ma’s got AD

        PREACH. You took the words right out of my mouth.

    • Steven Valdez

      Google patent #6630507 and see for yourself if there is enough evidence to support cannabis for Alzheimer’s

      • Thomas Blank

        science and nature both published fundamental articles on the reduction of inflammation and beta amyloid proteins in brain tissue(which are believed to cause altzheimers). With all the altzheimers going around in the US(millions) there are almost no effective treatments, let alone treatments that treat causes and not symptoms of the disease. Pigheaded stupidity and greed will delay the implementation of this, but many are already treatiing it.

      • FinnishMasseuse

        The plant has been used as a medicine for 10,000 years. The drug war has malignant intent. No one with ALZ should be afraid of police for using cannabis oil as medicine. It is the only thing free of harm that restores cognition. IMO the cause of ALZ is NOT plaques and tangles, and in my experience people do NOT become empty vessels from the illness. People quit talking to us long before we can not speak, and most communication is thru facial expression and body language. The researchers in USA do not want to know how it works because their funding is based on worn out wrong theory.

        • Pat

          I posted on this earlier, but decided to repeat since the post I am replying to is regarding Alzheimer’s. I am just beginning the Alzheimer’s journey. Alzheimer’s is the disease on my Mother’s side of the family. I am next in line and have been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment. I will not give in to this disease like my Mother and Grandmother did. As soon as I was diagnosed with MCI, I became a Vegan (should have done that a long time ago) and started exercising so much I have destroyed my knees. I also started using CBD during the day and THC at bedtime. I really have not progressed a great deal since I was diagnosed several years ago. I would love for Cannabis to cure this, but I suspect that won’t happen. But for as long as it gives me some relief from the symptoms and possibly delays it moving into full Alzheimer’s, I will continue to use it. In fact my Husband has said that he will make sure I get Cannabis even if I get to the point, I can’t remember. We have no plans to move so as long as I am living in a Medical Marijuana state, I will continue to use it. The dispensary I go to actually has an MD on staff, which is really good because he can be helpful with respect to dosing and strains. So far my life has not changed dramatically and I truly believe it is because of Cannabis.

    • Colin Davidson

      Sorry but l disagree. I have found smoking weed/dope to be very addictive with the long term effect for me contributing to clinical depression, headaches and a sense of paranoia. That said, perhaps if the THC can be isolated from the other components, then perhaps it can be established that it does help prevent Alzheimer’s

      • Dale Lewis

        Your evidence, that smoking was THE stimulus for your “clinical depression, headaches and a sense of paranoia” is….? Can you honestly say that you may not have been subject to such behaviors and ailments, had you never been a smoker? I find this to be a peculiar connecting of the medical, “cause and effect” dots.

    • Jordan Cruz

      Do you even KNOW anyone with Alzheimer’s? Go fuck yourself for hijacking this article’s comments section to start your own propaganda thread.

      Learn some manners you useless, poorly parented, drain on human society and decency.

    • JM

      This is outright false. As a long time marijuana user I can tell you the night sweats, rage-induction and vertigo experienced during withdrawal are awful. I didn’t notice this as a youth but after 20 years I can say with 100% certainty that marijuana physically alters my brain chemistry when used chronically and I absolutely become physically addicted.

      My suggestion to the “stoner” crowd that wants to pretend MJ is some kind of God: grow up and knock off the ignorant crap. YOU may not experience side effects now but you will – and spreading FUD just makes you a dick.

      Now, go smoke a fatty for me!!

      • Dale Lewis

        To each his own, JM! In the mistaken belief that an occurrence of seizures, may have been the result of my 40 years of daily Marijuana use, I quit, “cold turkey”:, about 8 years ago. I can report, unequivocally, that I experienced NONE of the withdrawal symptomatic behaviors/consequences, which you report as having happened to you.

        I can only conclude… especially since your posture is that of a “know-it-all”, preach to fallen… that you have anger-management, psychological issues which have little to do with ever having used Marijuana. You are simply a turd, who found some pleasure in demeaning others, as “stoners” and “dicks”. You are little more than a contemptible clod.

    • Grant

      Habit forming, yes. Addictive, no.

    • Pat

      Dale, I agree. I don’t think it is physically addictive, but if you are taking it for a medical condition and it works, and you continue to use it to get relief, then that is not addiction, I also believe that young people can become “addicted” to the feeling of well being that marijuana gives you.

    • vicweast

      Cannabis is not physically addicting like the hard drugs it is classified with (a governmental mistake made by law enforcement not doctors), however it is mildly addicting in psychological terms. How addicting? Not very. Most of us do NOT have an issue other than we like it! Some do have an issue, and there the best thing to say may be: “yes, well there are members of any population who will exhibit edge behavior”. Pick a substance: Sugar? …so stop punishing the rest of us who don’t!

    • Pickaxxo

      Indeed! Since when did euphoria become unwanted?

      Or is laughter now also a vice?

      I’ve been ‘laughing’ since 1974 and don’t plan on stopping, anytime soon!

    • Billy Rippe

      Hi Dale, It is so amazing to see that everyday more and more people know the truth, no doubt we will spread all over this planet! Well done mate!

    • Judah Hanh

      Good comment. I fully agree.

    • CannaGary

      It is and always has been about the money and control. All the words used to put Cannabis in a negative light are now being turned around with science and the truth.
      The US government was able to obtain patents for the medicine in Cannabis through the Dept. of Health [Link Removed]
      That is despite the DEA saying Cannabis is a schedule 1 drug with NO Medical Value!
      America is the Land of Hypocrisy!
      America Land of the Free? America the Land that Locks Up More People than any Country on Earth!

    • Pat

      I use CBD & THC for beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. I use the CBD 2x during the day and THC at night. I get capsules from a dispensary so I don’t have to smoke it. To get back to the previous post abut it being addictive. It is a matter of “needing it, vs. wanting it”. I need it for my illness because it really does a decent job of lessening my symptoms. Years ago, when I used it I wanted it because I liked the way that it made me feel and wanted to keep doing it to feel good.

    • jaminunit

      Well it’s mentally addictive. I have been addicted for years. I want to give up but find it very hard

    • Rebecca Mosley-Gomsi


    • john kennedy

      where does it say in the constitution that the government has the right to tell us how we can feel——-no where.
      I smoked weed for yrs and quit when I got tired of it.
      I never became addicted.
      Now sugar that is another issue—–highly addictive at least to me.

  • Alissa,
    Thanks for the great read and the usual excuses from the Just Say NO Dr. crowd.

    How anyone could fear addiction from cannabis while treating an elderly person for Alzheimer’s is beyond me?

    To me any addictive feelings one may get from Cannabis is there body simply telling them to not stop doing good to me.
    I don’t think Fully Legal Cigarettes offer the same benefits…
    …like None!

    When I run out I NEVER think of robbing someone to get more, like say with Meth or Coke, I simply deal, replace and move on. I will admit to being “Grumpy” LOL

    There is a lot of great Medical Cannabis news coming out but sadly it must all be imported because of the lame ass prohibition still on Cannabis.

    The internet is helping to spread the truth about this most amazing plant, while the boneheads who know legalization is coming need to do “More Research” (The Stall Buzz Words).

    Gee, now even the American Cancer Society is seeing the differences’ between cigarettes and marijuana, it seems Cannabis may actually protect you from Cancer, things that make you go Hmm…


    • Charles Collins

      lol i agree with you, CannaGary.

    • Hicks

      I watched my step-dad, who was extremely talented in music, art and language go to end stage Alzheimer’s Diseae, where he could barely recognize his dog, and couldn’t recall how to speak.

      I would been so grateful if he popped up one day and said “I’m a addicted to life , and I’d like to shoot some smack today, and then go see the strippers down at Pure Gold and get a lap dance, and smoke some killer weed”.

      How can they worry about addiction in someone facing a death sentence?

      • CannaGary

        I am sorry to hear about your step-dad, I watched many years ago as I lost both grandfather’s to Alzheimer’s disease.

        The US Governemnt owns the patent (U.S. Patent 6630507) to the medicine in Cannabis for a reason!

        Follow the “F”ing $$$ trail to Big Pharma!!

        I love the game plan for your step-dad when he says “He’s Addicted to Life”
        Be well always,


        • Pat

          You can probably read my posts about how CBD & THC have REALLY helped me deal with Mild Cognitive Impairment and hopefully help slow down the progression to Alzheimer’s.

          • CannaGary

            I am happy you are able to get some relief.
            I too hope it will slow or stop Alzheimer’s from invading my life as well.
            Be well always,


      • Granny

        Just read your comment – My Grandson whom I care for is 27 and has suffered from Juvenile Huntington’s Disease for 12 yrs. He gets relief and comfort from smoking cannabis and smoking cigarettes (separately). I am 74 yrs of age and when I am not longer fit enough to look after him, they will put my grandson in a home and take away the cannabis because it has a detrimental affect on the brain (he only has a few years left to live!) and it actually assists him positively. The care homes are all non-smoking now so he will not be able to smoke cigarettes either! How bloody cruel is this?

    • Esperanza Delgado

      Cannabis helps one deal with pain better than opioids. The side effects of analgesics are legion, they are addicting, and have to be taken on a scheduled basis, and if not taken as prescribed, the pain comes back with a vengeance. If you stop the use of cannabis, there are no withdrawal symptoms. One who has lived through the experience.

      • Si

        Same, I’m dealing with pretty bad neuropathic pain (paraplegic, broke back 5 years ago). None of the opiate pain killers I’ve been prescribed are as effective as cannabis. And considering all the health benefits, and lack of harmful effects.. it’s a bit of a no brainer. Hopefully it’ll be legalised soon :/

      • CannaGary

        Sadly in America more people are killed by legal prescription drugs taken illegally than all the illicit drugs put together!

        America is the Land of Great Hypocrisy where the legendary lies from our government over many years have been responsible for countless deaths.

        Something as promising as Cannabis for Alzheimers needs to be thoroughly researched.

        Isreal leads the World with knowledge in this area…
        [Link Removed]


    • Paul

      When my mothers geropsychiatrist prescribed her Xanax for Alzheimer’s related anxiety, I asked him if I needed to be concerned about addiction, he said it was unlikely because of the low dose, but if she did so what.

    • Ron Hess

      When campaigning for a pro-pot gubernatorial candidate, The niche I
      carved out for myself was to contact every PA County Medical Society.
      The PA Medical Society is a sham, comprised of Two lobbyists and some
      pencil pushers. The phones might as well be answered by the AMA.
      That’s how about half the County Societies work, They’re names and
      phone numbers that ring in Harrisburg at the PA Medical Society. The
      remaining 20* Societies proved much different. About 50% were varying
      levels of positive, the other half weren’t receptive. I got into it
      because I have a background in research some, neurological. I have
      Dementia and hit the books looking for an answer for myself. My first
      call to a County Medical Society, I got the director. I got into it and
      He stopped me, “My mother has Alzheimer’s and I’ve been doing all the
      reading you have. How can I help?”. My Dr. was already way ahead of me
      when I broached the subject, as were my Neurologist and Ophthalmologist.
      In the real world, these scientifically founded professionals keep abreast
      of the newest findings.

  • Lynn Curry

    I am sure it has a more ‘calming’ affect than Aricept did, with my

  • Lane

    There wasn’t any relevant information in this article about the effects of THC, except for one study that showed no improvement in Dementia patients. The medical marijuana that was given, could’ve been a low dose. But even three times per day, should’ve been enough to show some improvement. That is, if THC really does help the patients with their dementia. I’d advise something along the lines of “Hemp Oil”, made in the same manner as shown on Rick Simpson’s website, Phoenix

  • Rex Lewis

    They should cut the dosage to a quarter gram every 3-5 hours and SMOKE IT

  • Ron Nemeth

    There are no addictive properties or long term negative effects with Cannabis. Quit painkiller opiates or Nicotine cold turkey. Then you’ll know what addictive substances are and the effects they have on the human body. All this 1930s fear mongering reefermadness bullshit is slowing down the advancement of canna based, life saving medicines. People are suffering and all articles like this and prohibition in general are doing, is continuing their needles suffering.

    • Paul Venneman

      pls quit with that “canna based” bs. stuff works straight off the plant with no processing required.

      • FrankLooper

        Shatter or wax works better for me than smoking cannabis, with no smoke and no noticeable weed smell. Plus, I use MUCH less.

        • Carrie Channing

          More info on ‘shatter and wax’ would be useful, if you find the time. 🙂 Thanks.

        • Scott Clarkin

          Then you’re tolerance is too high. Shatter is part of the overdose culture that stems from alcohol culture all over the world.

          • FrankLooper

            No, I have been smoking since 1974, and my receptors appear to be weakening.

          • FrankLooper

            I’ll take that under advisement.

  • D

    I tried it with my Mother who suffers from severe Alzheimer’s….It helped her sleep and calmed her considerably, no hallucinations and also made her very hungry…She was currently taking Effexor which had some calming effects but the agitation was still present unlike with the cannabis…I am going to discuss the possibility with her Dr….

    • dcr

      Methylated folate (brand “deplin” with methlated B12) replaced Risperdal, which helped manage the behavior issues of Alzheimer’s

  • Pepper Mint Twist

    cannabis isn’t addictive. it is somewhat psychologically addictive for some, yes, but both cigarettes, alcohol and Rx Pain Meds are exponentially of more concern regarding addiction

  • SW

    My mother has Alzheimer’s. There is no current treatment. Our family is being decimated by this disease, and we would try anything that can potentially help our mother and her caregivers during the last years of Mom’s life. She is 80, so we are not concerned about potential long-term effects or addiction. At her age, the immediate challenges of managing this disease take priority. We fully support any regulations that aim to inhibit the misuse and exploitation of otherwise beneficial medical marijuana programs.

  • BabyGirl

    I have used marijuana to treat my husband who has Alzheimer’s he was not able to take the medications it made him very mean he was a Captain of a major airline and could not and did not take meds so his body was not used to pills.So a couple tokes a night for five years.The results were he had a better quality of life he didn’t get agitated he laughed more stayed active longer than the doctors said he would.Unfortunately he had to go into a nursing home where they drugged him up so bad he fell and broke his face up and hasn’t walked in two years nor has he spoken much sense.So I can say that marijuana was a lot better than any pill they have out today.I also read that if you have a family history of Alzheimer’s smoke up and you may protect your brain against the onset of Alzheimer’s later in life

    • Carrie Channing

      You did well. Thank you for sharing your first hand experience. So, it protects against Alzheimer’s and helps symptoms. Good to know. Will inform my children… It is in their bloodline.

    • E.Delgado

      There is a side effect with cannabis that puzzle’s, it does affect short term memory, so how can it be good for Alzheimer’s, and it does cause personality changes in some, ie. aggression, lowered inhibition, self control issues, they may be underlying personality traits, nonetheless, brought out by the use of cannabis, especially in immature individuals. Hope the good outweighs the bad.

      • Thomas Blank

        aggression a side effect? really? never saw that in 40 years.not once. alcohol? yeah plenty of aggression with that.

        • Sherrie

          Never aggression from pot!

  • kim

    my dad is in the beginning of the severe stages of alzheimer’s/dementia…..from about 2pm onwards into the evening, he constantly walks around the house manhandling everything, including the little dogs! he is agitated, angry, aggressive. no fun at all. i have found that a carefully dosed cannabis cookie works wonders. if i give him one just as he begins to get squirrely he will hang out, relaxed…laughing and chatting. he still makes no sense at all, but without the cannabis he is non-communicative. the other avenue we have explored and come to enjoy….if he does not eat a cookie, he will smoke out of “da budha”…..a vaporizer. this we usually do after supper, six pm or so…..he settles into his favorite chair and we watch some “programs” on the television. he is calm, smiling and pleasant, if not even a bit randy!

    i will tell you i was somewhat hesitant about using cannabis with my dad. i have smoked recreationally since i was thirteen…..awhile ago! but my dad has been sober for forty years now. his behaviors in the afternoons and into the evenings became bad enough that i was considering putting him in a home…..he was getting to be just too much for me alone. cannabis certainly has it’s place in the medical field.

    oh, and ps…..i don’t even use medical grade marijuana……and i make my own edibles…cookies and such. i hope this info helps someone have a more pleasant evening!

    • Wife of a husband developing

      Thank you sharing.

    • Janet

      My father has dementia from a bad fall and he hit his head. After that he has gotten worse and worse. He is like Dr. Jeckal and Mr. Hyde. Okay one minute and angry the next minute. I am thinking about trying medical marijuana for him. His behavior in the late afternoon early evening is getting very hard to manage. He throws his walker at people and is very restless constantly getting up and down out of bed. We all need help!

      • catchersmom

        Four drops underneath my Mom’s tongue gives her peace without sedating her like dangerous prescription Zanex. She has ALZ and her physician has tried every prescription available to treat her. My Mom and our family were living a nightmare until this treatment! It hasn’t cured her since she is in the late stages but it has made the disease much more bearable and kept her with her children & grandchildren instead of a nursing home.

        She does not act or seem “drugged” after a dose. It slows her mind down enough for her to relax and stop the constant fidgeting. She also sleeps much better.

        This disease is horrible for a patient but it is absolutely devastating for their loved ones. It is unbelievably cruel that a God created PLANT that WORKS WITHOUT NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS is forbidden to MOST patients.

        Our government should be ashamed!

    • Jenny Garrett

      Wow! I am so thrilled to read this about your dad. I applaud you for thinking outside of the box and doing this for your dad. I pray this option is available to all dementia and Alzheimer’s patients LEGALLY in all 50 states before the end of my nursing career.

    • Carrie Channing

      Sounds like trusting your instincts is serving you well. Bravo for using your own initiative. Frankincense, cannabis (hemp generally), colloidal silver are just a few of natures answers to many ailments. I’d say your dad is in good hands.

    • Blanca Vannevele

      Thank you for sharing..I’m going to give this a mother does not sleep.
      I want to make you have a recipe?
      Music has been our drug of choice.
      Thanks for your story.

  • sue


  • P. Vaughn

    I have been using cannabis oil for the last couple of years to try and keep MCI (mild cognitive impairment) from becoming Alzheimer’s. Mom, Grandmother, Great Grandmother etc, etc. all died form this disease. My Neurologist has been very pleased with how I am doing and will I continue unless it stops being helpfull. I decided to try it when the prescribed meds for Alzheimer’s were useless and I am so glad I did.

    • T Mills

      Hello P. Vaughn, My Mom is at the edge of the Alzheimer’s precipice and has decided that after “just saying NO” for all of these years, maybe she should try some CO. She lives in Seattle and I’m looking for a good clinic, and to help her get her card, but after we have that lined up, I’m not sure where to look for the correct dosage. How did you arrive at yours? If you could tell me all about it, I’d really appreciate it.

      • Pat

        I am sorry that this reply has taken so long, but I do not check this site very often. If you find or have found a good clinic, they should be able to help. Here in Michigan the dispensaries cannot advise on dosage etc. If you are still have questions, let me know.

    • Grace

      Oil? How do you take it? How long have you been diagnosed with MCI?

    • A. anderson

      I have tried co for my father, my prob is I do not know if I am giving enough or not. Of course, my mother is very skeptical about the whole thing. I just need to know where to go from here. He has the beginnings of Alzheimer and I don’t want it to get worse. The doctor here in fla will not agree of benefits or least I have not found one that does. Any information would be great. Please contact me at [Link Removed] . Thanks for any information.

      • Hicks

        2.5 mg THC is good place to start. That 1/4 of a 10 mg edible, so a very low dose.
        There was a great study just came out from Salk Institute that offers very plausible model.
        Important conclusion is to start at early stage, and it’s possible to double or triple duration of early stage, and delay late stage.

        Please drop me email at [Link Removed]

      • Sherrie

        Fla just legalized pot. Find a doctor that will

    • Maya

      Where & how does one get the cannabis oil? My Dad has Alzheimers, we are giving him every pill we’ve ever come across. They’re expensive and they make him lay about and totally switched off from his surroundings. I would like to try the oil.

      • Anonymous

        Just do a Google search for canna oil. There is tons of info out there. I’m sure it’s easy to buy in any of the medical / recreational legal states. Good luck.

      • Hicks

        Tell dads doctor to write script for Maninol, 2 mg/day because dad has severe nausea.

  • chris9465

    Its less addictive and has fewer health consequences than Caffiene! can we please stop with addictive nature BS….FDA says its A OK to give 11yr olds oxycontin so please stop with these ridiculous statements

  • t

    I hope they try at least cannabis compounds as alternatives to antipsychotics for those who need them. The side effects are horrible (watched them on Mom) and there aren’t really alternatives now. Here’s one study that says it worked in a test of about 40 younger people…really I know it’s a small population but if they find a safe option it will be the first:

    [Link Removed]

    • Scott Clarkin

      CBD rather then THC is the cannabinoid with anti-psychotic effects

      • Billy Rippe

        THCV 😉

  • Andrew Sands

    If you research this you will find that the synapse is effected by Alzheimer dementia etc. Synapse are basically connectors and also get affected by POT. I am not talking about getting stoned either. I hit or 2 occasionally. Wait if they did a true study and it worked then billions could be lost. The drug companies cant have that.

  • after seeing you quickly claim that marijuana has addiction problems, i quit reading.. why lie? for those readers that want actual answers, google and read the studies….

    • Billy Rippe

      I am going to read everything!!!

  • Kelly

    My son just turned 13 he has EEG confirmed progressive dementia in the form of Alzheimer’s. All medical and genetic disorders including NPC3 have been ruled out. His rapid progression is crazy! 1 year before we even knew it was possible for kids to have dementia I had went on record many times saying he’s like an Alzheimer’s patient. He was diagnosed Childhood Onset Dementia in April 2014, in June 2014 his EEG was normal, April 2015 his EEG showed localized background slowing, September 2015 EEG showed asymmetrical background/foreground slowing, December 2015 his brain has slowed more. But, go figure we live in America and cannabis is illegal and no active research and go figure no help for children with Dementia.

    • Gopal Rao

      My impression is that EEG is used primarily to diagnose seizure activity. How is it applied to cases of dementia?

      Is your son’s EEG being read by a neurologist?

    • Susan Johann

      I am so sorry. This must be very difficult for you.

    • catchersmom

      I recently signed a petition to release parents serving prison sentences that used Cannabis to treat an illness.

      I know a Mother & Father that moved their family from Georgia to Colorado in order to provide their son with Cannabis treatments. The son developed Muscular Dystrophy after he was given the polio vaccine. Their children had to leave Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, friends…..just so their ill brother could use an HERB that actually works without negative side effects!

      Pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars on disease.

      • Scott Clarkin

        Why even mention the polio vaccine, the anti-vax movement needs to stop.

        • catchersmom

          The pro vax movement will stop WHEN mercury and aluminum are removed from them. My child is vaccinated but I should have researched the ingredients before I vaccinated him. He was lucky that he did not have a problem but there are many that draw the short straw. Nobody in my family will EVER get another vaccine. These metals are linked to every neurological disorder in existence! Also, it doesn’t help that the country of India sued Bill Gates after HIS vaccine increased polio from 46 cases to almost 4000.

  • Craig

    I will try anything on my father. He verbally disrespects my mother and she takes it because she loves him. His dementia only gets worse. She gave me permission to dose him to control his violent mood swings. Personally he is opposed to it; but the only other choice is to put him in a home. They live where it’s taboo and highly punishable. I’ve driven it across country from California where I buy it in the form of candy, salad dressing, barbecue sauce and tinctures. Anyone who spends any time with this disease knows nothing can make it worse and any glimmer of help is sent from God. I have used it legally for my own use since it became legal in the late 90s. It controls my cholesterol, blood pressure and replaces injections I took several times a week to treat migraines. It has no addictive properties. I used it to stop smoking. Even if it did the average lifespan of a Alzheimer’s patient is 8 years. Addiction is the last thing anyone should argue. Thanks for this information.

  • Paul Venneman

    Anybody else notice how easy it is to debunk these statements about addictiveness and long term effects ?
    Small hint : there are people called rastafari who use cannabis religiously from early age till death…

  • IFLS

    Data says about 9% of those who smoke are addicted and 17% are if they start smoking when young (see So a majority of people will find they are not addicted and will find a majority that have a similar experience. But that doesn’t mean that some will be addicted. So individuals vouching that weed isn’t addictive from their own experiences are ignoring the presence of a problem for others. It may seem non problematic to be addicted to weed but it interferes with daily functioning (eg diminished motivation, memory for days after smoking, and judgements) which is problematic for education and employment. This is also hard for people living with the addicted person. The risk of addiction may be worth it for Alzheimers particular for the elderly who have symptoms that harm the person and others. But to ignore the probability and costs of addiction would be medically unethical.

    • Hicks


      Years ago I sent the world class pot-heads (think Hank Williams, Jr) to offshore platforms in middle of Gulf of Mexico, and none ever had problem leaving pot behind.
      However, if they ran out of cigarettes, they went nuts, and would cause $1500 damage to equipment, and then ask helicopter pilot to bring carton of Marlboros.
      They still did it after we added $500 cigarette delivery charge. A man that pays $550 for a carton of smokes is a junkie. The pothead that smokes all week on his time off, and then lays it down for 2 weeks while working isn’t.

  • neoconman

    Marijuana has a better safety profile than 99% of prescription and otc drugs on the market.

    • Anonymous


  • Charles Collins

    I think the medical “community” might have more success if they tried something other than THC pills. I don’t mean people need to smoke 5 joints a day, but maybe just try some other form. For example maybe try some THC vapor or a few bowls each day. A couple bowls before every meal might help. An good edible, cookies or brownies, in the morning can have you high until the afternoon.

  • Andrew James Hashman

    Rediculas to try to judge effective use as a medicine at 1.5 mg dose. Need to be at leat 50mg 3 times a day to improve function and mental state. I have seen it… use a realistic dose of cannabis doctors if your going to do studies… 100 mg to 1000mg is a daily dose of cannabis not 1.5… of course there will be no change with that small of a dose…

    • Hicks

      Low doses about 2.5 mg of THC is good place to start according to paper below. It protects brain cells against toxic Amyloid Beta proteins and inflammation, reducing cell damage and by 80-100%. I’ve seen no papers that suggest anything close to suggested levels. This isn’t to get granny stoned silly, it’s to help protect her brain cells, and reduce damage rate so she can stay in the Early stage for 5-10 years instead of 2-3 years. You move from “Early Stage AD” to later stage when perhaps 25% of brain cells are damaged/dead.

      You can read about it in following links.

      [Link Removed]

      “Amyloid proteotoxicity initiates an inflammatory response blocked by cannabinoids”
      [Link Removed]

      PS: I smoked over 45 years, and have found moderation is your friend in long term.

      • Scott Clarkin

        1.5 mg thc isn’t even moderation it is under dosing

  • P.N

    I’m debating trying this with my mother. The Drs. give her meds that do absolutely no good at all. She hits the floor running at 530am.. it would be earlier but I make her stay in bed. She barely sleeps and that means neither do i. When I say it’s bedtime..she immediately goes into panic mode wanting to “go find a house she can sleep in.” Then she is obsessed with the bathroom about every 25-40 min all night long. I’m ready to pull my hair out with all the useless..side effect inducing crap they are giving her.

    • catchersmom

      Same with my Mom. She stayed a wake all night constantly tugging at her pajamas. She would go several days without sleep. Her mind would not slow down so she could rest. She is a different person after four drops of Cannabis Oil (: It gives her peace. This has kept her at home with us instead of in a nursing home.

  • Lynn-no-duh

    It helps with traumatic brain injury, it promotes healthy tissue growth at a cellular level; why wouldn’t it help with azheimers?
    What concerns me is the synthetic cannabinoids that are being promoted by these articles.
    The plant, the whole plant, and nothing but the plant. We don’t need Big Pharma to try to copy the miraculous plant that God provided us, simply so they can profit.
    Restore this non-toxic, miraculous, nutritious and useful plant to we-the-people.
    Support the Missouri Cannabis Restoration and Protection Act

  • T. Miller

    Given marijuana impairs a person’s memory and thought processing ability it is extremely unlikely that marijuana would be an effective medication for a person with dementia.

    • Hicks

      My best friend has smoked 49 years, and he computes fractional powers (like 3.7 to 5/7 power) faster than you can do on calculator. He memorized complete table of 1000 logarithms to 5 places to do math fast. I still can do Calculus, nuclear physics and programing after 40 years. It really doesn’t make you stupid unless you really overdo it.

      Regarding question. During the early stage, Alzheimer’s Disease slowly kills about 50 million brain daily due to toxic effects of Amyloid Beta, inflammation, and a runaway immune death spiral.

      THC is a neuroprotectant with anti-inflammatory properties, so it breaks the death spiral of most cells, reducing daily death rate from maybe 50 million brain cells down to 10 million/day, so the early stage of disease may last 10 years instead of 2 years.

      With AD, the loss of memory and mental impairment is result of billions of dead brain cells.

      Don’t trust me. Read a summary of the paper, and then read paper itself.

      [Link Removed]

      Best paper I’ve seen on AD
      “Amyloid proteotoxicity initiates an inflammatory response blocked by cannabinoids”
      [Link Removed]

  • Grant Klein

    my father is in the early stages of AD. He still recognizes everyone and normal life is ok, but, he forgets a lot of little stuff that used to be easy. His “mental checklists” are leaving things out. He can’t remember how to drive to his doctors office, something he’s done a lot. He went out to feed the animals one night, fed all but one, why? He couldn’t say. He doesn’t trust himself to drive. He has trouble remembering how to get the trailer hooked up to the truck. Could CBD help prevent AD from progressing?. My mom said right now, the way he is, he’s ok, he just needs to be supervised. If we could get the AD to stop where it’s at……that would be awesome! Pops will never smoke, but, he’s open to the idea of taking something orally. Any input would be helpful.
    A worried boy

    • Hicks

      THC – 1-2 mg/daily
      Can slow progression of disease, but needs to be taken early as possible. CBD also helps, but is only about half as effective.

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  • Adam

    Anything for the goverment to keep marijuana illegal so they can push “their” poison into your body… Sickening really?? You would think with all the 60’s hippies being older now. They would see the “long” term side effects in them… They can find nothing… Just BS goverment control and propaganda. Josef Goebbels would be happy;)

  • Mark fusa

    my dad died from this disease, so I have a 50-50 chance of getting it, however, I had a spinal cord injury at age 16, misdiagnosed as a mere sprain, my L5 disc was damaged beyond repair and 16 yrs later at age 32 I had L5-S1 disc removal…but at age 16 with no pain medication for some disabling pain didnt work…but one day while injured, I had smoked about a half gram of hash, and was no longer stiff and in extreme pain, put 2+2 together and have medicated over 38 yrs now, had just finished heart and lung testing, awesome lung capacity and no signs of COPD, heart checked out fine so now can look into how my cannabis use may prevent onset…

  • Jake

    “Just because a drug can be effective, doesn’t mean it can be safely used by anyone” this is kind of an ironic argument to make, regarding the fact that doctors are throwing patients enormously high doses of pain killers left and right when marijuana is the least harmful “drug” out of them all.

    • Paul

      Extremely valid point. My Alzheimers family member had bouts of rage that I spoke to her geropsychiatrist about. He reluctantly offered Risperidone as a solution because of something like 1 in 100 users die. Fortunately we made some dosage adjustments to her medications which seem to have resolved it for now.

      I’m against using illegal drugs and getting high, but think legitimate medical use is appropriate. Needless to say, medical marijuana seems like a safer and possibly more effective option than Risperidone.

      People shouldn’t have to move states for effective and safer medical treatment.

  • It should be pointed out that the biggest hurdle of this incredibly safe and productive herb is not any lied about side effects, (not one person has died, the only real side effect is Euphoria), is that Doctors have been trained to sell Pills. The national laws are in place to stop actual testing by keeping Cannabis as a schedule one drug.. which was only in Answer to the Supreme Court overturning Cannabis Prohibition in 1969! (Leary vs US). Citizens are waking up to this Kill them with Chemo for PROFIT, over Cure them with Cannabis rule so many have taken. We are sick and tired of being played the fool.

  • Candice Dunsmore

    My mother is living proof that it does ease the symptoms of dementia. She has lived with MS for over 30 years and is currently in her 11th year with global dementia. She has tried every pill known to man and still she would scream day and night. She was scared, paranoid and her anxiety was horrendous. There is nothing more the doctors could offer. Until we decided to try this oil. Now she only screams when the oil wears off. As soon as the oil kicks in she has a pretty decent day for being end stage.

    • Paul

      Will you kindly share what oil you’re using, the dosage, cost, and supplier info? We’re reaching those stages and all the pills available are more dangerous than I’d like to chance.

      • Candice Dunsmore

        I am not sure what city you live in but I live in Vancouver and my mom has had a card to purchase products for many years. We just use an Olive oil based product. But she also enjoys the candies and brownies. I would just go to your local dispensary and see what products they have.

      • Candice Dunsmore

        Currently we are using Phoenix tears.

  • Joanne hill

    My brother is thinking of giving my mother this who has mixed dementia and alzhimers.I was very dubious but after reading up on it am changing my views.My worry is he has said it will cost £1400.00 for the dosage she will need.How do we know before paying up that this is a reputable person he’s buying it from and does this price seem right.

    • Hicks

      You should only need low doses of 1-2 mg THC daily. In Colorado, you can get a pack of 20 edibles with 10 mg each for about $30, and that should last 2 months. I don’t know what your brother is buying, but it seems very expensive to me. Just get some edibles if possible.

      How long has she had AD? Its most effective during early stage, and becomes less effective as disease progresses to later stages.

      Good luck.

      [Link Removed]

      Very good study, but pretty dense.
      “Amyloid proteotoxicity initiates an inflammatory response blocked by cannabinoids”
      [Link Removed]

  • Steve Brown

    A miracle cure .

  • Debbie

    so they are so worried about marijuana being addictive, but not the other pharmaceuticals that can damage kidneys, liver cause constipation and whatever else…. doesn’t make sense, marijuana wont hurt you…..

  • Roland

    I also believed marijuana to be harmless after 40 years of almost daily use. I experienced a mental addiction and experienced physical withdrawal symptoms when quitting. I do not believe it caused any medical problems with the exception of sinus drainage each morning and a light cough when abusing. I experienced memory loss when under the influence only and became more emotional as time progressed . I do not believe occasional use is harmful in adults, not so with young people. I believe we will see more medical uses when the medical community is allowed to study further. In conclusion, be concerned if you feel the need to get “high” frequently. Eventually you will no longer get “high” you will just become lethargic. Simply stating my opinion. 🙂

    • Hicks

      Sorry for your difficulties. Nothing is totally harmless, but 40 years of daily pot is usually less damaging than 40 years of booze. Moderation in all things, including moderation.

      The questions before us are whether cannabis is less harmful than Alzheimer, which is clearly no for most people, and can it help. Recent studies from Salk Institute suggest low doses of THC(1-2 mg/day) can slow the progression of early stage AD by a number of years, so it seems an easy decision to me.

  • Cosmo

    i m addicted to LOOOOVE .. gimme a break

  • Paula

    I just found out I’m in the early onset of Alzheimers, and I’ll try anything

    • Hicks

      A new study suggests that AD is caused by Amyloid Beta, a misfolded protein that causes inflammation, causing production of proteins that summand the storm troopers of the immune system, which causes more even inflammation as it attacks the nerve cell, leading the cell to death spiral in a short time unless you can stop the cycle. THC has neuroprotective effects that reduces inflammation, and also reduces the misfolding of Amyloid Beta. During the Early stage of AD, the brain cells randomly enter the death spiral due to a number of factors, such as age, stress, a possible blocking of the AEA, the brain’s natural Cannabinoid similar to THC. It’s during the early phase that mostly irreversible effects occur over a period of several years.

      The paper below is first to offer coherent model of AD that offers answers questions about reason for long term progression of AD, and why it’s similar to CTE(concussions), Parkinson, ALS and prion diseases. More important, it suggests why THC would help, and explains seeming rarity of AD among pot smokers.

      I) The study suggests that THC protects nerve cells in a number of ways, and reduces cell death rate by factor of 3 to 5.

      II) The Early Stage of AD could slow early stage progression from 2 – 10 years , and just possibly stop disease in tracks.

      The paper below is first to offer coherent model of AD that offers answers questions about reason for long term progression of AD, and why it’s similar to CTE(concussions), Parkinson, ALS and prion diseases. More important, it suggests why THC would help, and explains seeming rarity of AD among pot smokers.

      You only need low doses, of THC (1 – 2.5 mg/day). Marinol is a prescription version of THC that’s available in doses of 1 to 10 mg THC that should be perfect. It’s only $2 a pill because its been around for decades, and it’s a CIII which *should* be available for off-label use, but your doctor will likely be afraid to prescribe it. There should be very little impairment at that level, and you may be unable to feel it.

      Print study below, try to read it, and bring to your doctor. Tell him you really want to slow the early stage progression as much as possible, and that you worry that every day without *effective treatment* is more irreversible damage. Ask him to read the study, check the laws, and consider prescribing 1 mg daily for a month at to see how it works. If he says no, ask him whether he thinks it will be harmful because you have trouble seeing the downside of it. You might also ask if he 20% of his patients with AD were pot smokers, or whether they are underrepresented due to protective effects of THC.

      Ask if Medical Marijuana is an option, or whether you can to move to Colorado to treat your AD. Bless you, and hope it goes well.

      Here is study from Salk Institute, a top research center:
      “Amyloid proteotoxicity initiates an inflammatory response blocked by cannabinoids”
      [Link Removed]

      You can email at [Link Removed] to let me know how things go.

  • Paula

    Doesn’t matter if addictive or not if your have a terminal illness can’t hurt

  • Sue

    Personally I don’t think it’s addictive. But even if it were it’s the height of lunacy to cite that as a reason not to treat a seniors dementia with it. Seriously? What have these people been smoking?

  • Steve

    Marijuana is not addictive, and stay away from things coming from the pharmaceutical industry that is readily available in its natural form. I could believe that the pill form could be addictive because pharmaceutical companies like it that way.

    You can go to a pot shop in Colorado and buy the exact strain you need, pay less and know they are not putting extra things in it to make you addicted. They are highly regulated, but huge pharmaceutical companies are not highly regulated. This is how it works in America right now. If you have money you can lobby the government to leave you alone, while the small business gets all the negative attention.

  • Stevmg

    Ever try to come off a beta-blocker used for hypertension if being switched to a calcium channel blocker (both are standard therapies for hypertension)? Impossible! The anxiety feelings and tachycardia with heart pounding sensations are mind-boggling! Yet beta blockers are not so-called addictive drugs and are not on the DEA control roster. The tachycardia and anxiety sensations are normal physiologic effects of the withdrawal. Probably Catapres could be used to mollify the distressing symptoms.
    Correct, the definition of “medically addictive” is unclear.

    • Scott Clarkin

      They are not psychoactive, but rather physically addictive, sorta like anti-depressants.
      Also psychological withdrawal can manifest in psychosomatic symptoms, almost like a placebo effect as your neurotransmitters readjust.

  • Carla Davis

    Here is a fact—- PRESCRIPTION NARCOTICS ARE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE and our medical “community” doesn’t have a problem with legalizing those AT OUTRAGEOUS PHARMACEUTICAL COSTS to patients! Cigarettes are HIGHLY ADDICTIVE AND CAUSE CANCER and THEY are legal.

    My Mother is 69 years old and she has Alzheimer’s Disease. Regarding addiction – my Mom has smoked cigarettes since she was 16 years old and NOW she tells us she doesn’t smoke so the “ADDICTION propaganda” is absurd when pertaining to Alzheimer’s patients due to the deterioration of the mind that causes short term memory loss! My Mother has FORGOTTEN about addictive cigarettes.

    My Mother is unhappy, belligerent at times and rarely sleeps. Her physicians want us to fill her body full of Zanex – another HIGHLY addictive prescription medication! My family is doing EVERYTHING we can to keep our elderly Mother AT HOME WITH US instead of dumping her in a Nursing Home!

    If Cannibis Oil can keep my Mother at peace and in turn with her family until she passes away WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS?

    This fight is about taking profit from physicians and pharmaceutical companies! They don’t care that diseased patients are suffering when there are alternative treatments that CAN give them some peace without dangerous side effects!


  • Tezcumpapa

    The primary concern for me is not addiction, and the strains used 20 years ago are not the strains used today…unless you grow your own, using heirloom seeds. The products used now are genetically modified (big surprise, I know), the varients used and being introduced are stronger, more “flavorful” with a THC content that everyone crows about. It being touted as a miracle cure all to the largest population of type 2 diabetes in history. Why? Don’t you even want to know why? Ask questions! In a few short years you won’t even care, nor will your children, nor their children. Ask questions!

    • Scott Clarkin

      If you replaced all the organic food with GMO food then the output yield would lead to enough food to end world hunger. Before jumping to conclusions about the strength of cannabis know that most growers don’t have the education level to genetically modify strains, and research has been limited by the DEA. The reason that the cannabis is so much stronger is from revolutions in growing technique.
      You talk about the old strains not being around anymore , but that just isn’t true, plenty are and the new strains are descendants of older strains, and the mixing of different properties between the two different subclass’s indica and sativa. By your logic people of mixed race are bad, because they are not “natural”.
      Then coming back to actual potency, think of it like alcohol , you maybe be able to drink 12 Coors lite, but you would drink 12 beers with an abv of 8%, you would only need six, and you would get more intoxicated off the same amount of volume because you are consuming it faster. But cannabis is non toxic unlike alcohol, and actually the most dangerous part of it the inhalation of combusted plant material, so using a stronger potency strain you are putting less pressure on the lungs.
      Sure there are always gunna be some people who over do it, but people can act responsibly, and deserve the right to have the choice.
      Sometimes we need to learn to be less science-phobic.
      Also I forgot to mention, the strong smells that “are put in the weed” as you put it, are known as terpenes and often have synergistic medical effects when combined with THC or other cannabinoids.

  • disqus_YbB9tbvvLq

    Stop the war, war is the most dangerous addiction, let people decide for themselves if it helps or not

  • disqus_YbB9tbvvLq

    The war on drugs has injected irrational fear, racism,  violence, disrespect and corruption of law enforcement into our society for decades  all for the political purpose of a bigoted Republican Party

    Richard Nixon was a “law and order” candidate  (bigotry is not law or order) who created the DEA and the racist southern strategy

    How’s the world’s largest per capita prison population working for you now?

    The normalization of America as the world’s largest per capita prison population is a callousness of heart and a denial of Injustice

    Report: Aide says Nixon’s war on drugs targeted blacks, hippies
    By Tom LoBianco, CNN
    March 24, 2016

    “You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,” Ehrlichman said. “We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

    The war on drugs began as a race war to disenfranchise minorities and continues to be so today with the lethal combination of poverty 

    End the bigoted War on Drugs and Immigrants with reasonable regulations that promote Healthcare and end Warfare

     and end the economic crime of poverty with living minimum wages and progressive tax rates that balance our budget, funds social services and funds infrastructure that raises the standard of living for everybody

    Defeat the Republican KKK

  • disqus_YbB9tbvvLq

    Hillary Clinton has promised to reschedule marijuana for medical use, give Hillary Clinton a Democratic Congress to move forward with the progressive cause

  • Marine223

    It would help IMMENSELY if the “RESEARCHERS” were not NARROW MINDED Brainwashed & in Denial! MJ is on EVERY Street, in every city, in every county, in every state! WAKE THE F UP!

  • Bagrman

    Follow the dollars. Prohibition was over and you had all of these federal agents that needed to have a job. So they made cannabis into marijuana, to make it sound more foreign and then it was easy to make it into the evil weed. Just follow the money.

  • Jean Hazelwood

    I used the pill form and it was 100% ineffective. When I switched to the natural (plant) form it has made all the difference in the world. My worst symptoms were one nausea, vomiting & anger. Now, none are an issue for me.

  • Fedor Dolgushin

    For the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, effective method of bioresonance therapy. Using vegetative resonance test, you can easily determine what exactly affected the nervous system. Is very important time to begin treatment since diagnosis. The sooner treatment begins, the more effectively

  • Martha Decker

    If any of you think that addiction is something that is only caused by substances with physically addicting properties like alcohol and opiates, then you know nothing about addiction. The “drug” of choice doesn’t even need to be something that has been ingested or inhaled or shot up.

    Anything that acts on the brain’s levels of serotonin, dopamine etc. is potentially addicting. That includes things like gambling, running, eating, sex, and a lots more – including weed. This is NOT propaganda. Compulsive gamblers and heroin addicts’ brain scans look almost identical when they are getting their “highs.” And, it has nothing to do with willpower. People go to their graves trying to rely on willpower to quit addictions.

    I have members of my family who are weed addicts. I also have friends who are. I am NOT talking about smoking some weed at a party or every once in a while with friends. The people I’m talking about smoke it every day, multiple times a day.

    I DO believe that it should be legalized so people will have a chance of at least knowing what they’re getting. I do NOT believe all of the old reefer madness BS. I DO believe what I’ve seen, however. Let’s just call a spade a spade, here – people can and DO get addicted to weed.

    • Scott Clarkin

      People can and do getting addicted to everything, but really you can’t compare a physical addiction to a mental addiction because usually physical addictions are co-morbid with psychological addiction. Let us look at gambling, some one stops they are not gunna be puking and shitting their guts out for a week, freezing their asses off having cold and hot flashes. Same with “so called sex addiction”, which is often just used as a get out of jail free card when someone cheats, these “sex addicts” aren’t gunna go through withdrawal, they aren’t gunna feel like they are dying. Don’t get married if you can’t keep it in your pants

  • catchersmom

    My family & I literally watch our Mom become a different person after four drops of Cannabis Oil underneath her tongue. She has ALZ and she becomes very agitated and belligerent until we dose her (:

    She would stay awake all night in bed & tug on her pajamas constantly. She would also go several days without sleep until her physician made us give her Zanex which we hated because it sedated her so heavily. It was like her mind could not slow down. It was heartbreaking & we cried often. One of my Mom’s health care professionals told us about Cannibis Oil (off the record) and it has truly been a MIRACLE for all of us. It gives our Mother peace WITHOUT sedating her and it has kept her at home with her children & grandchildren instead of a nursing home.

    Nobody in my family has used Cannabis so we weren’t sure what to expect. At first, we attempted to get our Mom to smoke a tiny bit since she used to smoke cigarettes but she forgot she smoked and refused to smoke the Cannabis so we threw it away! Haha! It was a small amount.

    It makes no sense to prescribe Zanex and other extremely addictive prescriptions with PROVEN dangerous side effects to a patient and prohibit them from using a God created herb that actually WORKS without ANY negative side effects.

    It is absolutely sickening that this treatment is blocked for mass profit.

    I am a believer in what goes around….comes around and denying patient’s this treatment is inhumane!

  • Bob Hibschweiler

    The Salk Institute reported in the June 2016 issue of Aging and Mechanisms of Disease that THC eliminated amyloid plaques and inflammation from lab grown human neurons. Why is the medical and scientific community ignoring this Alzheimer’s discovery? [Link Removed]

  • Abba Darling

    My grandmother has been suffering from the mentally and physically crippling effects of Alzheimer’s & Dementia for the last 15 years. Nothing had worked as treatment for the last three years so the doctors have be focusing on keeping her comfortable until her time comes and the diseases have run their course.

    I was brought to the point of action just shy of three years ago when I went to visit her in the rehab facility she has been stuck in for the last 5 years, and will be in for the rest of her days. The rehab facility informed us that she was out of control and had been “difficult” for the past few weeks; repeatedly rude to the attendants and thrown personal item.
    Now a bit of a back story: My grandmother had a stroke and is essentially paralyzed on one side, had the hip on that side removed completely, and through it all has stay calm, kind, and sweet (per her usual). So when I heard she had been repeatedly rude to anyone I knew that something was wrong.

    She has not recognized me in years(or anyone for that matter), and believes I am her daughter that passed away 30 years ago. When the time came for my next visit I decided to take action and to try something new. So I made my Nana some of her favorite cookies with an extra special ingredient…Cannabis butter. I made sure to get the best, most discrete (lack of scent/heavy taste) product I could find as to not alert anyone else. Took them to her rehab facility and watched her eyes light up at the sight of the special treats (anything would be better than hospital food). She ate two cookies and I waited. After about 30 minutes she showed faint signs of lucidity. After about an hour, SHE KNEW WHO I WAS! Her lucid period was short lived, only about 30 minutes, but it was my Nana! Not the veritably vegetable I had been visiting over the years. Since that day, when I go visit her, I take some kind of cannabis treat and watch the magic unfold in front of my eyes.

    So say what you will but cannabis works. It may not cure the disease, but it gives me hope that there is a remedy in the not so distant future and maybe, just maybe, Marijuana can play a part in that. Even if it is just glimpses of lucidity, I’ll take it…and she loves it.

  • Scott Clarkin

    The sad thing this is old news, I’ve been telling people this for over 6 years. Fuck the DEA, they are just simply over stepping their bounds everywhere they go, and preventing social and medical progress while they are at it. The endocannabinoid system was only discovered in 1990, you have to wonder just how much better shape the world would he in if we had discovered it at the same time as the endorphin system.

    Since the endocannabinoid system effects so many autonomous functions of the body, like appetite, sleep, and mood,
    With gene therapy targeting the endocannabinoid system I doubt the obesity epidemic would still be around(at least for people with medical insurance,)

    Also, can we please stop using the word Marijuana, it’s a disrespectful term used to outlaw the plant in the first place using racial prejudice. It’s Cannabis, hell you don’t even need the medical part of the term when you call it cannabis, because even when recreational it is treating people underlying conditions.

  • Donn Jones

    I was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease about 2 years ago. I could see that I was becoming someone I didn’t care for very much. It’s an insideous disease. Family members suggested I try medical marijuana and see if there was any benefit. Many of the concerns I was having with regards to AD didn’t seem to matter quite so much after I took 2 puffs. My wife noticed a marked decrease in aggression and agitation. I don’t care so much for the “high” affects. It’s just a side affect that you have to put up with if you choose to treat with medical marijuana. We, us patients, have very few options in our treatment. It offers some relief to know that some options are opening up.

  • handytrim

    I’m a little sceptical about these studies as I am making an educated guess and betting they used some form of synthesised THC which has been proven less effective and even harmful compared to the ‘good’ stuff. There is also the little matter of the entourage effect which basically amounts to all the compounds working in synergy to effectively treat various conditions. The compounds can be adjusted for each differing condition but it is now believed cannabis best works in its entirety instead of separated (and definitely not synthesised) compounds. I wonder why the pharmaceutical industry is still so vehemently against cannabis and why there is currently so much interest in the only pharma company (GW Pharmacueticals) who has managed to pull the wool over everybody’s eyes with their patented medicines that are claimed to only contain elements of cannabis when in reality they contain all compounds found within the plant.

    Sorry, but I trust the medical community about as much as I trust politicians. Greed is a very powerful drug in this world and many supposed doctors and scientists are hooked on it.

  • chase miron

    The FDA , DEA, state lawmakers are in the pockets of wealthy drug companies. Police are profiting off prohibition. Cannabis has always been a healthy plant demonized in the 30’s. Americans hated blacks and mexicans who used cannabis and slept with white women . Recent reasearch of 9/18/2016 shows the marijuana can cure Alzheimers

  • bakron2

    I believe if there is any possibility of relieving stress brought on by any disease with THC, then the patient should be informed and if possible give consent and be treated. I prefer the oil distillation method. Drops under the tongue work wonders for insomnia. I am an R.N. and in 1980 worked on a medical oncology floor in LA where marijuana cigarettes were dispensed for nausea (pre no smoking bans). I’m happy that THC is being used for purposes that help people with chronic or terminal illness.

  • Henry Monica

    hello viewers…..
    2012 my mother was diagnosed of Acute angle-closure Glaucoma and Alzheimer’s ,i spent a lot of money on her medication till a point i even lost hope,because my mother was gradually going blind and lost her memory too, i was so desperate to get my mother back to normal ,so one day my uncle who lives in Canada to me about Dr mapipa,who helped him get rid of acute closure Glaucoma and Alzheimer’s with herbal medicine ,i was so shocked when he told me that,but know is true because my uncle cant lie me ,so i contacted Dr mapipa via his email;drmapipaherbalmedicinehome(at)gmail(dot)com, he replied and ask me to send my home address and my mother’s detail and then i purchased the herbal medicine,sent me the herbal medicine through courier service, when i received this herbal medicine used it for 4 weeks, and after 4 weeks of usage my mother was totally cured of Glaucoma and Alzheimer’s,now my mother is living free and happy again ..all thanks to doctor mapipa …

  • Jamie

    I can only speak anectdotally, but THC drops absolutely changed the quality of life for my mother with late stage Alzheimer’s. She would dip into her sundowning behaviors which included deep cyclical ruminations about where she was, what’s happening to her, worry that she is going crazy, etc., and the THC drops GREATLY reduced the stress and anxiety she experienced. It was incredible, really. Her quality of life was definitely increased by the use of the drops. As a family member/caregiver desperate to relieve her emotional pain and distress, this became an option due to lack of “traditional” medical choices. She became more functional and interactive and peaceful without being over sedated with pharmaceuticals.

  • vjb007 .

    Some early info had those who claimed marijuana was a preventative, and even a virtual cure. If there’s evidence of benefits, the user should be able to decide if addiction (IF that’s the case) to marijuana is preferable to possibly developing Alzheimer’s.

  • Eileen Blake

    CANNABIS HEALS PERIOD.. The body has a cannabinoid system that runs through the body n coats the brain … It kills cancer, heals the brain n a thousand other thing do the research find out for urself as I did stop believing the doctors question everything n see how the doctor starts treating …

  • Scott Bates

    Addictive?? I used to smoke it like they weren’t going to grow it! Gave it up when drug testing came along and it wasn’t worth the consequences. If it was addictive, after years of smoking it, where the hell is the withdraw? I stopped in the 80’s, shouldn’t that shit be kicking in by now? How much of a creeper effect does it have? I CALL BULLSHIT ON THE ADDICTIVE EXCUSE. Narrow minded bigots who still believe the “it’s bad” lie. The only thing in danger from a “marijuana overdose” is PIZZA!

    • Scott Bates

      Please excuse my tirade, I’m taking care of my father who has Alzheimer’s, I live in Ohio where we finally passed medical marijuana, but our lawmakers are doing everything they can to keep it from the people because of the fore mentioned “narrow minded bigotry”. If they can read this all I have to say to them is… “YOU HAVE THE TOOL IN YOUR HANDS, WHY ARE YOU NOT LOOKING UP ALL THE GOOD IT DOES INSTEAD OF CLIMBING UP ON YOUR SOAPBOX AND PREACHING- MARIJUANA IS BAD”? We need a list of these morons that are keeping what actually works from the people so we can vote them the hell out!

      • Deb

        That soapbox is provided and paid for by Big Pharma who does NOT want anyone to have access to any kind of treatment of cure that they did not engineer and manufacture. Sad but true.

  • Alex

    My mom has Alzheimer’s dementia and has just advanced to a new stage, a week ago she started mumbling but has gotten a little better..more intelligible . She isn’t as angry or aggressive as she was prior to a week ago and her crying spells are gone for now. My brother has given her oil from MJ that he grows organically but I don’t know if it has helped or not, and not on a regular basis either. She has been taking turmeric in liquid form, organic veggies, cinnamon and virgin coconut oil so I hope that it’s all helping. I just would like to see her recover but she’s had it, full blown, since 3 years ago and the onset (symptoms)probably about 6 years ago maybe more. For a while I’d give her the coconut oil by the spoonful about 3 years ago but she would refuse it so we only cook with it or olive oil. I have also heard that statin drugs (for lowering cholesterol levels) destroy the brains make up leading to Alzheimer’s and is visible in brain x-rays,ct scan. So I won’t allow it. No, to vaccines also. She hasn’t had a cold or the flu in years.

  • Phil Dor

    More human trials with cannabis oil extracted in the cleanest possible method which is CO2 extraction are required. But I’m already convinced with the latest articles I’ve read… THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis reduces levels of this toxic protein which causes alzheimer’s. Now we need to figure out the right oral dosage of cannabis oil for Alzheimer’s patients.

  • maria

    pot might cure dementia, but wht about causing cancers?

  • Cindy Schumm

    My moma is suffering with this dreaded disease and would like very much to try medical cannabis oil…

  • jerry littrell

    Hi my name is Jerry, my beautiful

    mother Sally has developed signs or damnesia .sometimes she doesn’t even know who I am, and it’s real scary for both her and me, but I soon found out that after she smokes a fatty, it goes away I think that more studying should be performed, because, hey it’s working for her. Please keep up the good work, and thank god for legalization…….. Always blazing ……..jerry

  • Joel

    Marijuana is not addictive. I am an opiate addict. Have been for almost 10 years. Until you’ve laid in bed in pain drenched in sweat but freezing cold and feeling like you just got hit by a truck cause every muscle and joint in your body aches so bad not able to sleep and unable to control bowel movements, you don’t know addiction. I’ve been clean for almost 3 months now and maarijuana has helped with my insomnia and the chronic pains that got me on opiates in the first place. Never once have I had cold sweats or actual physical pain from cannabis. Now in watching my grandfather go through dementia and want to know if oil can truly help. And what would be best the CBD oil from a sativa or from an indica?. Or maybe even a hybrid? What have you found more effective? I want to have feedback from people who have watched its effects on someone with dementia or alzheimers so I can show it to my family to say hey lets give this a try. I hate seeing him take the anxiety pills for his episodes they make him so cloudy and he has such a tolerance that it takes almost triple + some to get him calm. He doesn’t sleep well has so scared all the time I feel like this would at least calm him down so that he can sleep and eat normal even though we know he doesn’t have too much longer. I just want him to be comfortable while he is still with us.

  • h.l

    It should have been mentioned that the researchers from the Nijmengen study concluded that THC dosis might have been too low to show effects and that further studies with higher dosis should be considered.

  • Audree Armey

    I’d like to add my thoughts to all of this. I read thru many of the comments, it’s apparent if the they can’t patent it , they ban it harmful and illegal to keep selling you their drugs! And the side effects from all their drugs is robbing our minds and cause more harm then the initial illness in many and harm the environment. It’s easy to see how a spiritually bankrupt society has fallen prey to these big $$ greedy drug pushers. I worked in the medical field. Front and back office as a CMA/RMA. I was also an alcoholic and later became a legal addict (Pills). I was no longer working in that field when I got into pills. My dr gave me pills for depression and pain which I discovered helped me keep my drinking at a minimal. I was not a pot smoker cause I was shy and it made me feel uncomfortable. Alcohol and pills changed my personality. I lost so many good years of my life as well as hurt so many. I was on a mission to find answers to my life, to life period. This was hell! 30 years I felt I was in bondage, physically and spiritually. I was so fortunate to find a good dr. that started me on suboxone treatment. A good side effect of this medication was that the smell or thought of alcohol made me sick. I have not had one drop of alcohol in 9 yrs! I also quit other medications I had been on for yrs. I now use cannabis for medical plus I do now enjoy the high, I feel good about myself and life. But I will also want to say that in my search, I came across the most important thing that helped me to heal emotionally and spiritually . The Baha’i Faith, reading and studying put everything into perspective and healed my soul and helped me to understand my purpose in life and who I am. Stand up for what you believe, greed is killing our planet and health.

  • Deb

    On the website [Link Removed] , it stated that effective dose (for atherosclerosis treatment) would be 1mg per kilogram. This study on Alzheimer’s says the dose tested was 1.5mg three times daily. This dose would serve a person weighing about 10 pounds, using the 1mg/kg math. Was this a fair test of the effect of THC on Alzheimer’s disease? That website also states that 1mg/kg “is much lower than the amount of THC that causes psychoactive effects.” If this is true, then getting “high” should not be an issue at a greater dose than was tested on Alzheimer’s.

  • David Valdez Jr.

    Cannabis is not addictive compared to oxycodone. I know because as a teen I used to partake regularly and stopped right before I joined the military. I never craved nor had withdrawals. Now as for oxycodone, god forbid I miss a dose. I’ve been on opiates for 8yrs and suffer from withdrawals and have all kinds of symptoms if I miss a dose. I pray soon my state will legalize cannabis so I can stop using opiates and I fear for the battle of withdrawal when I start the process of coming off. Well actually I have already started to wean off opiates but I know it’s going to be a long hard road. These people need to stop watching the movie Reefer Madness and admit the truth about cannabis and how safe it is. The only thing cannabis makes you do is feel good, make you hungry and when your buzz is gone, helps you to sleep.

  • Elise Gee

    My mom has Alzheimer’s. She’s almost 90, so I’m not worried about addiction. She barely sleeps and is anxious almost every waking moment. If this would help at all, I’d wasn’t her to try it.

  • Martj74

    If thc cannabis oil is to be used is this aswell as the medical prescription given by the consultant or on its own??

  • Jayne Dhoe

    Pills are not the plant. THC isolation or manufacturing does not have the total potent plant ecology of marijuana. Pot is not addictive. This should be embarrassing for scientists to claim by now.

  • Nikki

    My father suffers from Alzheimer’s. Before he was removed from the home he use to smoke marijuana. I noticed that his aggression increased shortly after he stopped smoking. I would really like more information on these studies if possible. I don’t like the medication he’s being prescribed to control his aggression.

  • Philip_Walsh

    Unfortunately the problem with cannabis treatments is that anyone can make the medicine and that means the Pharmaceutical industry has problems patenting it. Which means they have no interest in following this line of research and deliberately put out misleading information over things such as addiction to try and shelve any research into the use of cannabis

  • Graeme Dingwall

    First and foremost we must ask the question why is a natural drug that has been known as a cure for over twenty thousand years no longer regarded affective in the UK.
    For this we need to know who profits from its removal and who made it illegal?
    Google the cancer reform act 1938, this is a very heavy read but is very relevant even today.

  • Alyn Penners

    Very good job covering the positive points with midless babble about legality and efficacy. Positive reslults are positive results, no matter how small. Time to push forward into the future to help humankind, like the hippocratic oath demands of you.

  • Doris Contreras

    I didn’t get this article? When you compare all the nasty side affects of the medications that are already given to these people and then try to configure a plants properties into a pill with unnatural additives so drug CO. can make more money?
    This is a disgrace

  • PaodeQueijo

    Medical community is so cautious about recommending a natural plant while writing prescriptions for phamaceuticals with horrendous side effects, including addiction and death. No credilbiity or consistency.

  • Pat

    I am almost 67 and have Mild Cognitive Impairment. I come from a long line of family (Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and more) that died with Alzheimer’s. I am not going down without a fight and have been using CBD capsules 2 times during the day and a THC capsule at night. It has been working very well, but I have noticed in the last few weeks that I don’t get as much relief as I did. As long as I don’t have a lot of “drama” going on, it works well. The last couple of weeks I have been traveling and notice that I am having more issues than when I am just at home doing my normal stuff. When I first realized that I was going to be the next in line for this disease. I made a complete overhaul of my life. I became a Vegan and started exercising so much that I have blown out my knees an need knee replacement surgery, which I won’t do because of the anesthesia. I am trying to stay positive, but some days it is very hard. I still take care of our large house, grocery shop, cook all our meals and still pay all my own bills. My life is basically still the same, but only because I refuse to give in. I know that there will come a time that this will all change, but I don’t plan on giving in to it very soon.

  • Kathryn

    Frankly I could care less about addiction – I have smoked pot regularly since a teen and I can stop at any time. It’s the tobacco that people mix it with that makes it addictive. Vaporising is safe. I mean really, faced with losing your mind or becoming reliant on THC is a mute point when one can manage the other. I simply cannot believe the world is still so small minded and contradictory on this matter. My father has just been diagnosed and I plan to get him on it regardless of what my mother may say! Of much more concern is alcohol

  • FinnishMasseuse

    I have Alzheimer’s and have been using CBD oil for a year. What I take is not the internet hemp oil stuff, it is made locally, thick as used motor oil and dark brown. The dose is size of 3 grains of rice twice a day. I could not dress myself, pay a bill, or walk when I started. Within 10 minutes my speech was normal. I am now swimming and walking a mile a day, can do laundry, wash dishes, function! It does wear off. It is most powerful if taken sublingual but I usually take it in a small gob of coconut oil. I am stunned by how few fellow patients will even try it. Life changing.

  • kim

    Question: Who has funded the research/studies completed that this article mentions?

  • Chuck Farley

    From the National Institutes of Health: The potential therapeutic effects of THC on Alzheimer’s disease.
    THC removes beta amyloid plaques and stops the inflammation that damages the brain cells. Again, that’s THC, the stuff that gets you high. Guess they’ll have to “endure” a cozy, warm buzz. It would probably help them feel better than they have in a long time. A nice, calming indica would do the trick.

    edit: Link is being blocked. Just Google 25024327, that will bring you to the study.

  • MsRinkyDink

    My mother has been at the VA Hospital for 5 weeks. She was admitted due to auditory hallucinations and elopement. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about a year ago. She is in the psych ward and they are treating her with antipsychotic meds and Ativan when she becomes agitated, no doubt from sundowning. They will not release her to anything other than a locked skilled nursing facility because of her flight risk. There is no facility available in our area so they are looking at placement 3 hours from where we live. How am I to visit her frequently with her so far away?? I am interested in taking her out of their care using my POA and placing her in a secured facility which has wanderguards and giving her medical grade marijuana brownies to help her with her agitation and flight risk tendencies. Any thoughts or experiences would be greatly appreciated. I am ovewhelmed with guilt and sadness for her being where she is and I want her in a more loving, personal settting. HELP!!

  • Natalya Redding

    Opioids are readily being used for treating pain. They are VERY addictive, PLUS are being used as recreational drugs as well. But nobody questions THEIR use. So questioning the use of cannabis (THC) seems utterly silly to me. That substance is already being given to AIDS and cancer patients, and it helps them to alleviate their symptoms. I fail to understand the hype.

  • Pat

    There is a big family history of Alzheimer’s on my Mother’s side. My Great Grandmother, Grandmother, Mother, probably my Aunt, Mom’s Sister) who died from complications of diabetes, but was showing signs of the disease. I was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment about 4 or 5 years ago. I took Aricept for a very short time and was not impressed, plus it caused major stomach issues. I started using CBD (nonpsychotic) part of cannabis about 4 years ago and it really helped a lot. I now use CBD a couple of times during the day and THC at night. I am going to start adding a little more THC during the day after discussing my daily “drug” regimen with a Medical Marijuana Doctor. This has allowed me to live my life pretty much as normally as I always have. I am still forgetful, but it is nothing severe. I am able to take care of a large house, do all the cooking & shopping, take care of my own bills, in other words, I am still independent.

  • Mary Lucas

    My grandparents have been heavy cannabis users for decades now. Both recreational, thank goodness; they are in their 70’s and have had no need to use medicines for anything else except some management for their blood pressure. They are both sharp!! I credit cannabis for it and because of them I’ll likely be using it to my old age too. Here’s more information if you want to learn about how cannabis can be good for the brain: [Link Removed]

  • Max Vino

    Oh the joy !! I don’t think I have felt so good about a medical announcement since the AMA announced a glass or two of wine is healthy and will help you live longer or the research that determined the more sex you have the longer you will live…nothing is as good as knowing your vices (in moderation) are actually virtuous.

  • Pat

    Since I was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment, I have been using CBD 2 times during the day and THC at night. It is by no means a miracle cure, but it does really lessen the symptoms a lot better than Aricept did. To be honest, I did not try Aricept for a very long. As long as medical marijuana is helping, I will continue with it.

  • Bob self

    THC is a considerably superior inhibitor of Abeta aggregation,

  • suraya

    hi im thinking of using cannabis oil for my husband who has alhzeimers/dementia. however I have used coconut oil, but this has created a side effect where he has a running tummy.
    I am concerned how this would effect him. but I am going to try.

    • Pat

      If you have seen any of my posts, you will now that I too have dementia and use CBD (nopsycho-active part) 2 times during the day. I take a CBD capsule at 11AM & 5PM for no reason except that I find I need to have a specific time or I will forget 😀 and I take the THC at night, so I sleep through the high (plus, it helps to shut down the “chatter” in my brain that keeps me awake most nights.


  • Linda McHugh

    Anything that works foreven a single patient is worth keeping in the very bare dementia medicine cabinet.

  • Sherrie

    Marijuana should be legal in every state!

  • William McMillan

    Could it be that people with other interests in the pharameutucal industries are stopping the truth from getting out ? Hundreds of millions are being spent on drugs, yet nobody is being cured by them. Has anybody listened to the videos from The sacred plant by Ty Bollinger. They have no reason to lie about the subject, yet people were cured not only of Altzeimers but terminal cancer as well with CBD oil.

  • Paul Rosen

    I’m pretty sure this whole “marijuana is addictive” canard came from the corrupt prohibitionist deception promulgated by NIDA that 10% of cannabis users go to rehab for marijuana addiction.

    What isn’t mentioned is that 99% of those in rehab for so called marijuana addiction are there due to a plea bargain to escape jail time and not because they felt they had an addiction or any other problem with cannabis.

    It’s really way past time for medical doctors to stop perpetuating this non-evidenced based inaccuracy and catch up.

    Whenever a doctor makes that kind of a statement it shows their true lack of due diligence in researching cannabis.

  • Sherrie

    Marijuana is NOT additive!!!!!! This is pure bullshit!

  • Ted Seals

    Some of these marijuana cures sound so close. My wife has dementia and is allergic to the meds used for it. But she is not a rat in a cage or a fruit fly! Are any of these safe for her to use now?

  • heywally

    “because of its addictive properties”

    Thanks for this piece. The above statement has no basis in fact and so hurts your credibility.

    I personally have just created an extraction using coconut oil, at low temperature (130 for 4 hours via the “Magical Butter” machine) , that includes THCA, CBD, turmeric and ginger and I am hopeful that it will be a nice anti-inflammatory supplement (good for a bunch of conditions) with no psychoactive properties.

  • George Sebastian Walz DuBose

    Still going on about cannabis addiction? My mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s and I began dosing her with chocolates laced with cannabis oil bought legally in The Netherlands. I can tell you one thing, a small dose of (1/4 of the prepared bonbon) sure helps her relax.

    Take a look at the British Pharmacopoeia from the 1880s and the extensive list for ailments treated by Red Oil of Hashish.

  • Heather Coombes

    I found benefits can be achieved from drinking a tea brewed from hemp buds – contains CBD not THC. This can be purchased on Ebay. You need to ‘cook’ the tea for about an hour or so, but once cooked up to a strong amber color it is an effective painkiller, restless legs symptom reducer, and helps my mother, who has dementia, communicate and sleep better. It’s flavor can be disguised by using it as a base liquid for other teas and hot drinks.

  • Eve Legault

    My husband who is now retired after 40 years working as a Manager smoked marijuana since he was 16 years old his now 64. I smoke as well when needed I am 56, what it does for me, it relax me, take away the pain from my rheumatoid arthritis and it even help me with my Uvetis in both eyes and nope he does not affect the fact that I am on 20 mg of methotrexate per week to help both my Uveitis and RA so… All the peoples who think that because of smoking will become addict and eventually take harder drugs, WELL! honestly I have not clues where this is coming from smoking marijuana is no more addictive than drinking. Some peoples become alcoholic for whatever reason I guess the same could happen for peoples who smoke weed. Anyway not for me and my husband and a whole lots of peoples that I know.

  • JibbierJabbier

    I know I’m late to the party, but why don’t the researchers just study all of the diseases that world-class potheads DON’T have?

  • Clifton Dale Braun Jr

    Well, i don’t see pot legalized yet here in Texas. Thank you Greg Abbot. Ur the greatest governor in Texas. Would u mind handing me a cannabis oil card in ur spare time? I could use one! Let’s save the doctors and insurance money..

  • d-dectiri

    Could you consider putting the Israeli dosages and timetables used on this page to compare to the dismissive ‘results’ as the linked page has ‘somehow’ been moved or whatever?
    and don’t you just love those hippocrates-oath-destroyers worrying about MJ’s addictiveness while dishing opioids by the boatload…… oy!

  • Lance Davis

    CBD works for me!

  • AnonEdmous

    NOT addictive. Get your facts straight.

  • AnonEdmous

    “However, these findings may lead to the development of related compounds that are safe, legal, and useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.” In other words, until they can make a profit from it, we’ll try to BS you.

    • Dale Lewis

      Exactly, AnonEdmous, I was a heavy user for over 40 years, but with the onset of grand mal seizures, I opted to quit, “cold turkey”, for fear that the onset of the seizures may have been induced by my use of grass. While stopping smoking did nothing to halt the seizures (later resolved by taking one Keppra tablet per day), what I can tell you is that there were NONE of the withdrawal symptoms commonly associated with “legal” drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco, much less the withdrawal symptoms of the opioids sold by the drug lords… the Pharmaceutical manufacturers.

  • Pat

    I didn’t/don’t have time to wait until researchers beat it to death. I have Mild Cognitive Impairment which is the first stage of Alzheimer’s. On my Mother’s side it has run rampant. My Great Grandmother (they called it insanity back then), my Grandmother, my Mother, her Sister, my Aunt and now it is my turn. I was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment about 4 or 5 years ago. I tried the drugs recommended and they did nothing for me, so I started researching and came up marijuana. I live in a Medical Marijuana State, so I got my card and started using it. I decided to use it as a medicine and set up a daily regimen. I take a CBD a capsule late morning (11AM), another CBD capsule at 5PM and at bedtime, usually 11PM, I take a THC capsule. It has helped tremendously and keeps me pretty “even” all day and then the THC helps me fall asleep and does it job during the night. I have been on this routine for more than a year and until just recently have not progressed a lot. Lately, I can tell that the dementia is getting a little worse and will probably try upping my doses during the day a bit. As far as being addictive, I don’t really know. If needing it for my illness is addiction, then oh well they can call it what they want. I call it medicine that works where nothing pharmaceutical did. I never looked at it as a cure, because, unlike some cancers, it is not curable at this point. Hopefully, while I am still alive they will find a cure, but I have my doubts. I hate to be negative, but Alzheimer’s is a big money maker in the medical profession, and it affects mostly older people who are getting close to the end of their lives anyway. So as long s marijuana works for me, I will continue to use it.

  • mike

    I havent seen much talk about hallucinations. My mom has alot of “people” around. What do you think would be best for her? CBD or THC?

  • Michele Laffen

    Seems very important to continue researching.

  • The_ATL_Guy

    That is RICH! Nareth Leang is posting on here implying that she is a medical professional! She’s a CHEF! Oh man, this forum is full of nuts!

    • Dale Lewis

      I’d so much rather be “chock full ‘o nuts”, than full of bull feces, as you are, chump! Why are you even here; your video game batteries die on you?

    • Cannabis Kamikaze

      LOL weed turns chefs into medical professionals also?! Awesome.

  • Mary

    I have been using pot for 50 years. First just to try it. When I found it helped for severe menstrual cramps I used it monthly. As I got older I found it helped with PTSD, arthritis, fibromylgia, and degenerative disc disease. I’ve seen a child with grand mal seizures go from 2 to 3 a day, to maybe 1 a month. It’s obvious that big pharm doesn’t want pot legalized. it’s a plant given to us by God or Mother Nature.

  • Melissa Howard

    When God created you, He was in a good mood because He has created a masterpiece. Good morning, angel.

  • Ronald Akridge

    Though some people are against marijuana because of its addictive properties, they cannot change the fact that there are many researches proving that cannabis has been an effective cure for Alzheimers.

  • AmandaTrebiano

    Medical cannabis is not even remotely addictive. I was able to stop using fentanyl (125 mcg/hr) patches with oxycodone (percocet 10s) for a rescue dose after more than 22 years. I had NO WITHDRAWAL and no cravings. I now take 1/2 a pill 1-2 x a week if I really need it but CBD/THC have allowed me to be narcotic-free after decades. I never felt addicted but the physical dependence after 22+ years was worrisome to me–and I prepared for horrible withdrawal that NEVER happened. The medical establishment whores aren’t interested in CURING anything–they just want to TREAT it with ever-more expensive opioids. I also treated my terminal cancer with it–I was supposed to die in December. Of 2016–yet here I am with a highly aggressive 100% fatal cancer that is stable and not progressing. My doctors are stunned. They call me the “unicorn patient” because they have NO clue how I pulled this off after flatly refusing chemo and read a great book that helped me immensely–it’s on Amazon. [Link Removed]
    Here’s a link to the book. Awesome.
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  • Nilsa Baez

    That last time I smoked marijuana was 30 years ago and I could never get high with it so I stopped. But I’m curious of it effects in me now with early onset Alzheimer’s!

  • Hannah Kennedy

    addictive? Was this article written by a medical professional? Marijuana is not addictive.

  • Trish Sutter Pmp

    Given that dementia and alzheimers takes years to develop, I don’t see how a 3 or 4 week test is going to show anything.

    And… Marihuana is not addictive. Somebody is totally misinformed.

  • Diana

    After I read “because of its addictive properties” I stopped reading. You just lost all credibility.

  • I’m now 55. Two years ago I started with THC/CBD, to fight inflammation because
    of arthritis. I new nothing about cannabis. Now I grow my own medicine. My world changed for the rest of my life in a positive way. I am a sportsman, skating, cycling, running, fitness. My activity in sports came to a slowdown and eventually to a stop!! I couldn’t function properly due to loss of strength in my arms and hands. And my knees were hurting for days after a six mile run,( swelling in the popliteal ). I had a MRI-scan and (to many) visits at the physiotherapist. That’s over for now. I use 10% CBD, 6-drops 3x a day & 10% THC 2 drops in the late evening. result: got rid of 80% of the pain and inflammation. Got my strength back. Lost some weight. Not running, but jogging ( arthritis has done damage ), so keep it on the safe side. Sometimes I eat(!) a whole flower-part. And by doing this, i get everything good from that plant in to my system. I tried both the CBD-plant as well as the THC-plant. After 30/45 minutes consuming the THC-plant i got a light ‘high’. The liver converted the THCA into THC. It breaks down the A-acid part and releases the rest in to the body. Very good. For 25 years, I had short duration sleep periods. That is gone too. Better sleep means better life.

    I just started testing 2 years ago and I feel good. Nobody ever died of direct using of cannabis. If someone tells you different, they are lying!

    And do I like the ‘high’? Well, I got stoned big time, the first time I took THC. It was 22% and 2 drops got me ‘burnt’/’cooked’. It was fun for one time, but now I dilute the oil to 7/8% and it is better to control. But again, I only use this late in the evening, 2 hours before bedtime.

    This is it from my part.

    Hope I can be of any help to those who like a better life.

    Be safe.

  • Medical marijuana can be a option for treating Alzheimer’s, many finding suggests that it has the properties.

  • e ray

    You’d think with the millions of people that have been smoking marijuana at some regular level for the last 50 years, and with the billions in funds to research this disease, that there would be some sort of observational or epidemiological study looking at rates of Alzheimer’s in abstainers vs. marijuana users of various levels. I have not seen any such study so far.

  • trace bann

    Alternative medicine are more accepted now a days due to it’s promising results unlike pharmaceutical medicine, alternative medicine don’t give negative effect such as kidney and liver problems when it comes to long term use. As for my alternative medicine usage, I use medical marijuana. Different strain has a variety of uses and effect depending on your needs. Visit this [Link Removed]

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