Medical Marijuana ‘Holds Promise for Alzheimer’s Treatment’

Cannabis has been used for medical purposes for centuries for treating a wealth of conditions from chronic pain to epilepsy.

Its use in modern medicine has been stunted because of side effects, however, with the Food and Drugs Administration unwilling to approve of its use.

Researchers with Louisiana State University have found a way to reduce the side effect of memory loss associated with cannabis use and said it could be adapted as a treatment for Alzheimer’s.

Scientists found that memory loss from medical marijuana could be prevented with over-the-counter painkillers such as Ibuprofen.

In findings published in the journal Cell, senior author Chu Chen said: “Our studies have solved the long-time mystery of how marijuana causes neuronal and memory impairments. The results suggest that the use of medical marijuana could be broadened if patients concurrently take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen.”

The active ingredient in cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and some drugs based on this compound have been approved for medical use to treat nausea, vomiting and chemotherapy patients.

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