Dementia affects 47.5 million worldwide today. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain. Loss of memory and other mental abilities are affected in those who have dementia. Neurodegeneration is a feature common to various types of Dementia. The most common form of Dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest of tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60’s. It is the most common cause of premature senility. 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease today. This is very sad and heart-wrenching statistically speaking. Alzheimer’s Disease accounts for 60 to 80% of Dementia cases. When someone is diagnosed with this terrible disease the entire family is involved in this illness as many will become the caregivers for the afflicted individual. The cause of Dementia/Alzheimer’s is a total shrinking of the brain. The tissue of the brain progressively has fewer neurons because the neurons will stop functioning, lose connections with other neurons and eventually die. You see those neurons have a symbiotic relationship and cannot live without each other.
Typical medications commonly prescribed for Alzheimer’s/Dementia are acetylcholinesterase inhibitors such as Exelon, Reminyl, Cognex, Aricept ODT, and Namzaric. Those medications can alleviate symptoms but cannot delay the progression or erase the disease. They can have some severe side effects in some individuals as well. See for yourself on Namzaric’s website what possible side effects they have listed. http://tinyurl.com/y9oj6odg. Some people will deem that those side effects are worse than the disease itself. For that very reason, I chose to write this piece.
In this writer’s opinion and experience, most ailments can be treated in a more natural fashion without harmful side effects. Cannabidiol (CBD) is at the forefront of natural treatment options for me simply because of the Endocannabinoid System already in our bodies (which is the receptor system for CBD). CBD is a multifaceted treatment option and comes to us from a natural plant that has been around since before recorded Biblical times.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is neuroprotective, it reverses and prevents the development of cognitive deficits, it is also antipsychotic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. CBD can protect the brain by reducing inflammation. CBD also promotes cell survival and can interrupt the pathological process in Dementia and Alzheimer’s. CBD has immunosuppressive effects. The Endocannabinoid System is closely linked with the process of adult neurogenesis (brain cell growth). As a matter of fact, the CB2 receptor (already in your brain) has shown to be a promising target for Alzheimer’s therapy. As you can read for yourself in the reports I found on the NCBI site. This could possibly be a solid treatment answer to the Dementia/Alzheimer’s epidemic we face in today’s world. Of course, more research into this very subject is warranted and much needed.
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Written by Tina Harris