The more frequently we look for information about CBD, the more articles we can find. Sadly, many of them are very misleading. Good news is that people have access to many clinical trials. With all the details of the results. Even better – many of the potential CBD benefits are proved to be true by independent clinical trials. Or even by people who are using CBD to improve their health and to show the world that pharmaceutical companies are usually here to sell not to help. Today we will get to know benefits of CBD for Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer's disease (AD)
As we have mentioned in the previous article (you can find it here) the percentage of elderly people grew significantly for the last few decades. So sad, but illnesses also keep growing. This is what’s happening with Alzheimer’s disease.
Probably many of us have lost or still caring for a relative with Alzheimer. Numbers of this disease are huge. In the 28 European Union countries, it is estimated that approximately 20 million individuals over age 55 have MCI (mild cognitive impairment), although most people have not been tested for disease pathology. At present, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease every 66 seconds. It is thought that by the middle of the century, someone in the U.S. will develop the disease every 33 seconds and the total number of people with AD in the U.S. could rise to as high as 16 million people by 2050.
Truth is, that clinical trials help a great deal to understand Alzheimer. At the moment, the best solution is to find the disease as early as possible and try to prevent it or at least slow it down. Unfortunately, once the chronic neurodegenerative disease has started there is no way to turn it back, at least for now.
Understanding Alzheimer's disease
A neurodegenerative disease that deprives people of their memory and other crucial brain functions. Usually, it starts with a person not being able to remember recent events. But at the same time, this person typically recalls things that happened years or even decades ago. Going forward, as the AD progresses, individual may even fall into a former frame of mind, where he/she thinks that he/she is in a different year or memory.
Commonly, Alzheimer affects people over the age of 65. It breaks down brain tissue in a series of ways. It’s the most heartbreaking experience for the other family members involved. Patients repeatedly forget their loved ones until eventually, they might forget how to do everyday tasks like using the toilet, eating, dressing…
Symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease
- Memory loss
- The complication in planning and solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- Frustration determining time or place
- Vision loss
- Struggle to find the right words
- Difficulty making decisions
- Withdrawing from work and social events
- Experiencing personality and mood changes
- Sometimes even rapid personality changes
First of all, Dementia is not a disease, it is a syndrome. Syndrome – a group of symptoms that don’t have a definitive diagnosis. Knowing this, we can already understand that Dementia is a group of symptoms. It affects memory and reasoning. There are many types of Dementia, in total around 400. The most common of all types are Alzheimer’s disease. It takes 50 to 70 per cent of Dementia patients.
There is also a term, Mixed Dementia. This means, that some people can have more than one type of Dementia. To diagnose Mixed Dementia, an autopsy must be performed.
Most Common Causes of Dementia
- infections, such as HIV
- vascular diseases
- chronic drug use
No cure available yet, but there are few options, that can help manage some of the symptoms of the AD:
- Some medications for behavioural changes, such as antipsychotics
- Also, medications for memory loss, which include cholinesterase inhibitors donepezil (Aricept) and rivastigmine (Exelon) and memantine (Namenda)
- Alternative remedies that aim to boost brain function or overall health, such as coconut oil, fish oil or CBD. Fish oil has more value if it is used before Alzheimer’s disease. As clinical trials show, that if it is used after the disease was diagnosed, fish oil has little effect. On the other hand, people think, that vitamin E can slow Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, there are no supportive results from clinical trials. Moreover, if you have heart disease and you are using too much vitamin E, you may put yourself at higher risk.
- Medications for sleep changes
- Medications for depression
- Exercise. As we have mentioned in the previous blog, elderly people should give more attention to exercising. It should be a part of daily routine, even if it is just a gentle leg lifts in the bed, a light jogging or simply 20min walk outside. Exercise also helps to improve sleep.
Alzheimer’s Disease and CBD
Alternative medicine is usually forgotten or thought as not so well working as medication that doctors prescribe. Usually, alternative medicine needs to be used for a longer period of time to deliver wanted results, compared to a prescribed medication which works fast, but with side effects.
CBD as a supplement can help a great deal, this is supported by more new clinical studies. It can help. Alzheimer’s patients, at least, this is what one of the latest studies reveals.
In this study, doctors were investigating the impact of oxygen buildup, brain cell decline and inflammation. CBD removed or at least reduced all these impacts!
Very detailed information of the studies can be found here. The article covers all aspects of how CBDhelps to eliminate or reduce inflammation in the brain. Also, how it helps to Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients overall. This is worth a good look, as CBD can help in so many ways.
It is always best to know a disease in detail and all the ways of how to prevent it or at least to slow it down. Do not forget that communication is the key, so even if you like to spend time alone, always consider a furry friend. Dementia can make it hard for people to communicate, and this can be upsetting and frustrating for them and those around them. However, there are many ways to help you support and connect with each other. Always take care of yourself and your loved ones, as you might be the only one who helped them.