Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Another study finds marijuana could help battle Alzheimer's

weed.jpg

"Yeah man, it's the authorities. They don't wanna admit that marijuana is the future, you know? They hush up all these scientific studies, man. Got any snacks?"

Well this isn't one of those studies, dude.

Researchers from the Salk Institute labs in San Diego have been investigating the interaction of marijuana's psychoactive compounds with amyloid beta proteins - the toxic protein that accumulates in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and lead to various inhibiting side effects, ageing the brain with frightening speed. 

The Salk Institute's findings, recently published in Nature, suggest that not only do cannabinoids (cannabis compounds) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) help remove amyloid beta proteins, they also help to reduce cellular inflammation - another factor in the disease's onslaught.

"Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells," said Salk Professor David Schubert, lead author of the study.

It's hoped that the research might allow for cannabinoids and THC could help develop "novel therapeutics" for Alzheimer’s patients. 

No, it doesn't mean that smoking through bushes of weed is going to give your brain super powerful protection against Alzheimer's. It does mean that scientists are a step closer to overcoming this hugely debilitating disease with a naturally occurring compound.

Now, about those snacks... 

Related

juno4.jpg

Everything you need to know about NASA's awesome Juno mission

locust.jpg

In the future bombs will be sniffed out by cyborg locusts

meerkat.jpg

Man leaves excellent fake animal facts all over Los Angeles Zoo

Comments

More

Apple has patented a new laptop chassis which is powered by your phone

Is this the future of laptops?

by Dave Fawbert
27 Mar 2017

Leaked poster appears to confirm Destiny 2 release date

And it sounds like they're doing a beta in June

by Matt Tate
23 Mar 2017

Android users can finally play Super Mario Run - and definitely should

Extended toilet breaks for everyone

by Matt Tate
23 Mar 2017

Apple have released a red iPhone and that is very important

And not just because it's red

by Gary Ogden
21 Mar 2017

Amazon's new Alexa update means it can bring you beer in two hours

"Alexa, we're going to need more booze"

by Matt Tate
21 Mar 2017

Forget traffic jams with this SUV that can drive over cars

Why has it taken so long to invent this?

by Dave Fawbert
21 Mar 2017

Zelda megafan controls his smart home with an ocarina

Pointless? Possibly. Are we envious? Definitely

by Matt Tate
20 Mar 2017

Why I pray every day for an 'SSX Tricky' remake

It's all about that Big Air Bonus

by Matt Tate
17 Mar 2017

Soon you'll be able to steal your mate's phone battery to charge your

"Oh come on, mate, I've only got 4%"

by Gary Ogden
17 Mar 2017

How to cheat your way to victory in 'Mario Kart 64'

Anyone fancy digging the old N64 out again?

by Matt Tate
17 Mar 2017