Cannabis Could Hold the Key to Treating Alzheimer’s
Chemicals found in Cannabis could be used to help treat dementia signs of Alzheimer’s, early studies have shown – but further research into the findings is being stymied by restrictive drug laws, said scientists.
Cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can aid the removal of dangerous dementia proteins from brain cells, according to researchers at the Salk Institute, a renowned biomedical research facility in California.
While initial findings published last year raise hopes cannabis compounds could one day form the basis of a new medicine to help treat Alzheimer’s disease, the next steps are proving slow.
Professor David Schubert, who led the study, told CNBC legal issues were a “major roadblock” stopping him and his team conducting further research into the medicinal properties of marijuana.
“It’s so blatantly obvious that this plant should be studied in greater detail,” he said. “It’s hard enough to get funding without having to worry about legal issues on top of it.”
Professor Schubert said the Institute had submitted an application to the US Drug Enforcement Agency for permission to use cannabis extracts for tests on mice in December, but had not yet received a response.
MNHR previously blogged on Marijuana, Cannabis helping with Alzheimer’s in September 2016 – The Answer to Curing Alzheimer’s Disease Could be Cannabis http://www.mnhr.p2p4u.com/?p=315
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