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Medical Marijuana

Marijuana has been used for medical purposes for more than 5,000 years. While it is a controversial subject, many doctors still recommend it to treat a variety of ailments, including insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain, migraine, arthritis, and even cancer. It also has calming, soothing effects which allow patients to relax and can help mitigate agitation and negative behaviors. Preliminary research into some of its active ingredients has shown that it could also help reduce inflammation and the accumulation of harmful substances in the brain, both of which have major implications for those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

Laws regarding the use of medical marijuana vary by state, but a simple Google search should be able to tell you whether this treatment is available where you live.

There are various types and strains of medical marijuana, each focused on treating specific symptoms. Your doctor can help you find the right one for you or your loved one when you go to get a prescription. Medical marijuana can be ingested or smoked, with ingestion generally leading to slower but longer-lasting effects, and smoking giving more immediate results.

It should also, of course, be noted that marijuana can be addictive, so caution should be exercised when using it.

Scientific Studies:

Because of marijuana's controversial nature, it is difficult for scientists to get permission to study it, and thus there is a lack of formal scientific studies on even medicinal marijuana's effects. However, a study in 2008 did investigate the beneficial effects that one of its main components (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinoil, or TCH for short) could have for those with Alzheimer's. They found that TCH helped to substantially reduce the activity of an enzyme associated with the disease, and also prevented the accumulation of harmful substances in the brain. The authors concluded by saying that TCH and other chemicals like it have the potential to be highly effective therapies for those with Alzheimer's, helping to both treat the disease's symptoms and slow its progression.

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