Does Someone you Love have Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or confusion? CBD may Help
- There are currently over 36 million people with dementia in the world.
- More than two thirds of people living with dementia worldwide do not have a diagnosis.
- The number of people living with dementia worldwide is expected to double every 20 years.
Dementia isn’t necessarily a disease on its own, but rather, it’s a collective term describing multiple cognitive decline symptoms like memory loss, thinking and communication. Dementia is a symptom of various brain disorders and diseases.
While not related specifically to aging, the chances of you or a loved one having dementia do increase with age. A recent census analysis estimates around 4.7 million Americans in 2010 who were 67 years old or older were living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is a type and most common form of dementia.
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- Memory loss: Patients may repeatedly ask the same question.
- Disorientation: An example of disorientation is not knowing where you are on a familiar street.
- Problems communicating: Patients may use the wrong words, forget simple words or have trouble with language.
- Trouble finishing familiar activities: An example would be cooking a meal.
- Misplacing things: Repeatedly forgetting where you put things, like wallets or keys, is a symptom of dementia.
- Personality changes: Individuals with dementia may become suspicious, irritable or fearful.
- Trouble with abstract thinking: Dealing with money is an example of having abstract thinking difficulties.
- Loss of initiative: Patients display less interest in going somewhere or starting something.
- Mood changes: People with dementia may have unexplained or sudden changes in disposition or outlook.
A 2017 study looked at the evidence for therapeutic properties of CBD for Alzheimers Disease. The studies “demonstrate the ability of CBD to reduce reactive gliosis and the neuroinflammatory response as well as to promote neurogenesis. Importantly, CBD also reverses and prevents the development of cognitive deficits in AD rodent models. Interestingly, combination therapies of CBD and THC, the main active ingredient of cannabis sativa, show that CBD can antagonize the psychoactive effects associated with THC and possibly mediate greater therapeutic benefits than either phytocannabinoid alone. The studies provide “proof of principle” that CBD and possibly CBD-THC combinations are valid candidates for novel AD therapies. Further investigations should address the long-term potential of CBD and evaluate mechanisms involved in the therapeutic effects described.”
A review of clinical studies found that it protects against neurotoxicity. It also said that cannabidiol’s antioxidant properties reduced common dementia activities. To be more specific, DNA fragmentation generation of reactive oxygen species.
In a nutshell, the study reveals that CBD can help with minimizing oxidative stress in people with AD. They acknowledge the need for more studies though. But these are promising findings on CBD’s power to help with dementia.
In order to manage the symptoms associated with AD and dementia, we recommend ingesting full spectrum CBD oil daily in the form of Tinctures or Gel Capsules. The ingredients in the two products are the same; the only difference between the two is the form factor and dosage – pills vs. sublingual tinctures. We suggest those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease start with 15mg per day of CBD. If relief is not felt at this dosage, we suggest increasing by 5-10mg until the desired effects are achieved. You’ll notice that the Gel Capsules are pre-filled and contain either 15mg or 25mg of CBD per pill. There is no harm in starting above the 15mg CBD threshold as you cannot overdose on CBD, nor are there any serious side effects. These ingestible products provide sustained symptom relief for several hours – many people find they provide relief for the whole day! The one thing to keep in mind with ingestible CBD products is the delayed onset time – it can take up to 90 minutes for the full effects of the tinctures or capsules to be felt. The benefit of vaporizing or dabbing CBD is that the relief can be felt almost instantaneously. We suggest either the 99% pure CBD isolate or the pre-filled CBD vaporizer cartridges because they provide a wave of relief that can be felt throughout the whole body.