CBD the miracle compound that has various therapeutic and medical benefits has an increasing demand since its legalisation. It is used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, manage anxiety disorders, reduce stress, useful for those undergoing chemotherapy and for many other conditions. As a result, there are many cannabidiol infused products, the most popular is CBD oil and its derivative items. Research has revealed its usefulness in treating neurodegenerative dementia related conditions in Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease etc. This article will explore CBD benefits for Dementia.
Major Uses Of Cannabidiol For Dementia
As mentioned in the introduction, cannabidiol can be used in treating dementia related conditions in Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), Parkinson’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia and Vascular dementia. Clinical studies have shown that CBD achieves this in 3 ways: it reduces inflammation, increases oxygen supply and due to its neuroprotective effect. Besides, administering it helps to reduce anxiety and stress in them thereby bringing calmness; this in-turn retards the progress of memory loss in them.
CBD is useful in treating dementia related issues in Alzheimer’s patients by reducing inflammation of brain cells. These patients have higher levels of reactive oxidative species (ROS) causing oxidative stress and damage to the neurons. The high amounts of antioxidants present in CBD oil, helps to negate damages by ROS and protect the neurons. As a result of this neuroprotective and calming effects of cannabidiol, it reduces the decline of memory loss and promotes formation of new synaptic connections required for brain health.
Lewy Body Dementia
Dementia from Lewy Bodies (LBD) is due to the excessive deposit of Alpha-synuclein protein or Lewy Bodies in the brain affecting the thinking and reasoning of patients as well as their sleep. They also experience motor issues like rigid muscles, hunched posture, trouble initiating movement and a shuffling walk. It is known that LBD attacks acetylcholine and CBD is useful because it does not attack it. Besides its anti-inflammatory effect combined with its reduction of the previously mentioned motor issues makes it useful in the management of symptoms associated with Lewy Body Dementia.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease that most often affects elderly and middle-aged people due to decreased dopamine production in the brain. Its symptoms are muscle rigidity, muscle tremors, slow and imprecise movement. CBD is useful in managing the symptoms because it helps to improve the levels of dopamine in the brain as well as reduce the motor issues thereby improving stability of the individual.
These are some of the CBD benefits in managing dementia and other issues in neurodegenerative brain disorders. Hence, more research is conducted to find its neuroprotective effects to restore vitality in these patients.