Marijuana Has Potential to Treat Alzheimer’s, Says Salk Institute Study

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cannabis_stock_image_photo_by_lindsey_bartlett15 (1)Lindsey Bartlett

Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that slowly shuts down the brain and eventually leads to death. But a new study gives patients and their families hope that marijuana could help.

Researchers at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies published astudy in the June journal of Aging and Mechanisms of Disease announcing the discovery of a compound present in marijuana that triggers the removal of beta-amyloid protein from neurons. In layman’s terms, that means cannabis could help remove deadly plaque accumulation from the nerve cells.

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