Can cannabis help patients with dementia? Recent pilot research has shown that cannabis extracts can be used safely to alleviate the symptoms of severe dementia.
Recent pilot research has shown that cannabis extracts can be used safely to alleviate the symptoms of severe dementia. Swiss researchers at Geneva University Hospitals chose to treat ten patients with severe dementia using cannabis. They administered a CBD:THC extract in a ratio of 2:1, titrating patients up to around 20 mg CBD and 10 mg THC per day. The oil extract was incorporated into cake to make it more appetizing for the elderly, and the daily dosage was divided over three meals. Two months into treatment, fifty percent of the elderly had stopped using additional drugs, such as morphine, benzodiazepines, and antipsychotics. This reduction in the usage of pharmaceuticals, combined with the direct activity of cannabis, significantly improved dementia-related behavioural difficulties and rigidity. Patients were observed for as long as five months, and the positive benefits appeared to remain. Previous studies have not consistently demonstrated the positive effects of THC on dementia, so why was this group different? Other investigations attempted to use pure THC, however (in the form of Marinol, for example). Pure THC is not particularly palatable, and patients can often only tolerate minimal amounts. As part of a less refined cannabis extract, however, a higher dose of THC might be administered without negative consequences. According to the authors, the response of the patients’ family was “astonishingly favourable.” Even though this was a small pilot trial consisting of only ten participants, it demonstrates that cannabis can be safely and successfully administered to those with severe dementia.
Can Cannabis Help Patients With Dementia? The Summary
We can certainly see that the cannabis plant – especially the CBD and THC and its use can work wonders in dementia patients. We have to learn more about other cannabinoids. We hope that we will see the widespread use of Cannabinoids use in dementia patients and that their lives will be made easier by it.
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