The Endocannabinoid System and Alzheimer’s Disease
CBD is everywhere you look right now. It is available in edible products you can ingest, topicals you can put on your skin, and even bath bombs as well as suppositories. Even though it is legal in all 50 states, you can imagine that not every retailer is as forthcoming with its best practices for sourcing and producing CBD. In fact, a general lack of transparency is what is harming the CBD industry the most. That is why it is important to find a retailer you can trust to provide you with pure and organic sources of CBD.
This lack of transparency is hurtful to consumers as well. This is especially true of consumers who may not be educated on all of the benefits CBD offers. For example, what you might not know is that CBD has been studied and proven to be beneficial as an aid in the management and treatment of dementia-related conditions, including Alzheimer’s Disease.
What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a dementia-related condition in which brain cells die due to the brain shrinking due to this neurological disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, about 5.8 million people in the United States age 65 and older live with Alzheimer’s. There are about 50 million people globally with dementia. It is estimated that an average of 65% of those cases is Alzheimer’s disease.
The more visible symptom of this condition is increased and progressive memory loss over time. The most widely used example of this is the forgetting of recent conversations. As the disease progresses, more and more memories are lost. And, when brain cells die, it can cause inflammation in the brain and oxygen build-up, which can further expedite the degeneration as dead brain cells accumulate. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. That means there is no way to stop it. However, the condition can be managed and even slowed over time. This is where CBD comes in to help.
How CBD Can Help
CBD is one of the few substances available that can help manage and delay the degenerative component of Alzheimer’s disease. Unlike other cannabinoids such as THC, it is non-psychoactive and purely medicinal in nature. CBD can also bring relief to Alzheimer’s patients living with anxiety and depression due to their condition. According to Dementia Care Central, “CBD has been shown to reduce or remove the impact of inflammation, oxygen buildup and brain cell decline. CBD also increases levels of proteins that eliminate dead cells and plaques in brains with Alzheimer’s, improving both memory and motor function.”
When brain cells begin to die in the brain and are unable to be cleared away, they cause an excess build-up of oxygen levels in the brain. This then leads to a prolonged inflammation of the brain that will only kill more brain cells faster. CBD can reduce the inflammation present in the brain while also clearing away dead brain cells and coating the connection points in the brain to slow the degenerative condition. It is almost like putting oil in an engine with a massive oil leak. It will not stop the breakdown in the long term, but it will most certainly help make things smoother in the short term. Additionally, it can help slow things down from falling apart abruptly. This is all related to how CBD binds to the endocannabinoid system in the human body.
What Is the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a natural part of the human body. Harvard Health said it best when they called it both essential and mysterious. To put it simply, ECS is a vast network of densely packed chemicals and cell receptors throughout our brains and bodies. We already naturally create endocannabinoids in our bodies that are similar to the cells found in cannabis plants. Perhaps the existence of the endocannabinoid system is proof that our bodies are built to receive forms of cannabis, including CBD.
Nature’s Therapy Provides High-Quality CBD Products That Are Affordable For Everyone
Nature’s Therapy makes a select range of CBD products you can trust. We only utilize organic Colorado-grown whole-plant hemp. Our formulas are handcrafted in small batches in a clean room with proper PPE protection. Each product is 3rd party lab-tested to ensure the quality, safety, and consistency of everything they sell. You can shop online or get in touch for any additional questions about CBD and how it can help you or someone you love improve your health and general well-being.