Legal medical industry in Arizona
Arizona is among 15 states that have laws permitting eligible patients to consume medicinal marijuana for the treatment of approved conditions and terminal illnesses. Eligibility for a marijuana recommendation depends upon both type and severity of an illness, and all patients must first speak with a physician to determine if medical marijuana is the right treatment for them.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. The vast majority of the population suffering from the disease is above 65 years of age, and according to some studies, using medical marijuana for Alzheimer’s may be the single most effective treatment to the disease known to date.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease which may go unnoticed for years, and harms the patient’s brain cells resulting in deficits in memory, orientation, intellect and social skills. The condition is classified as incurable, but patients who have consumed medical marijuana have indicated good results from a number of aspects. For once, international research showed that marijuana slows down, and may even block Alzheimer’s. These are attributed to the active compound in cannabis, THC, which scientists at The Scripps Research Institute concluded as “a considerably superior inhibitor of [amyloid plaque] aggregation” to several currently approved drugs for treating the disease.”
In 2005, a staff member at Cajal Institute, de Ceballos in Madrid, Spain conducted and published a study in The Journal of Neuroscience on the effectiveness of cannabinoids as a means to "prevent inflammation and protect the brain." The researches concluded that cannabinoid receptors are "important in the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease and that cannabinoids succeed in preventing the neurodegenerative process occurring in the disease."
As a result, the use of medical marijuana may be a pro-active approach in preventing Alzheimer's Disease for the elderly, as the cannabinoids may directly impact the progression of this debilitating condition.
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