A new study reveals that an active compound, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana can help to remove the toxic proteins from the brain that kick start the induction and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that leads to memory loss and can seriously impair a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks.
The study, published in the journal Aging and Mechanisms of Disease found that the compound tetrahydrocannabinol not only help in preventing the occurrence of neurodegenerative diseases, but also helps in removal of toxic clumps of amyloid beta from nerve cells.
There are numerous studies that validate the role of marijuana in protection against neurodegenerative diseases. This study is first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells.
Alzheimer’s is considered as the most common cause of dementia. In this condition, neuro -fibrillary tangles of tau proteins are accumulated. In Alzheimer's disease, tau bunches up inside the nerve cells and beta-amyloid clumps up outside these cells, mucking up the nerve cells controlling memory. All these accumulation leads to hinderance in proper nerve signaling leading to dementia.
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