Article by Sarah Parfitt, AZMarijuana.com
For as long as anyone can remember there’s been a stigma about marijuana users and lack of intelligence. But scientific evidence now proves that THC actually makes people smarter. It also aids in killing cells that progress the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
A study conducted by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies concluded that THC can actually prevent neuronal death and the accumulation of intracellular amyloid-beta, which is the buildup of plaque clusters commonly linked to Alzheimer’s disease and mental degradation, reports Wall Street Daily.
Popular Science noted that, “When the results came back, their theory wasn’t only correct, but also hadn’t gone far enough. The addition of THC to the cells had indeed reduced the levels of Aβ (amyloid-beta) inside the cells. In essence, THC had protected the cell and gave it the opportunity to heal itself.”
When the study began, its purpose was not to identify anything marijuana-related. Its purpose was regarding cell cultures. Some say that the results of this study prove that there is now a roadmap for Alzheimer’s disease in terms of treatment, prevention and earlier detection.
Previous studies, 60 including marijuana or marijuana extracts, conducted between 1990 and 2014 provide additional proof that marijuana has been beneficial to patients with varying medical diagnoses. These range from Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cancer and glaucoma. Of those 60 studies reviewed, marijuana helped patients experience relief from their symptoms 68.3-percent of the time.