Senile dementia and controlled administration of THC
Senile dementia is one of the most important diseases of modernity, the latter in its various forms affects at least 36 million elderly in the world with very debilitating consequences that reach the loss of all motor and mental self-sufficiency.A process that can perhaps be slowed down thanks to Cannabis.
This is supported by scientific research published in the important medical journal Nature Medicine. The research was conducted by a team of researchers from the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry of the University of Bonn, Germany, and is entitled "A chronic low dose of ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) restores cognitive function in old mice" (translation : A low and continuous dose of THC restores cognitive function in elderly mice).
The results of the study on mice in old age are surprising. The researchers say that the controlled administration of THC not only "reversed the age-related decline in cognitive performance of mice aged 12 to 18 months," but even "restored the hippocampal gene transcription patterns in a such that the expression profiles of 12-month THC-treated mice closely resembled those of 2-month THC-free animals ”.
In short, the use of Cannabis could not only counteract the progression of dementia, but even reverse its course, restoring better neuronal connections and therefore favoring improvements in brain and cognitive functions.
Pending further scientific investigations, the researchers conclude the study by stating that the administration of THC on elderly subjects "could be an effective strategy for the treatment of age-related cognitive impairments".
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