Research shows that CBD can help reduce the buildup of oxygen, the decline of cells in the brain, and reduce the impact of inflammation. It can also increase the protein level, which eliminates the plaques and dead cells in the brain.

CBD, also cannabidiol, is a substance deserved from the cannabis plant which is mainly used positively for medical purposes. It does not have the high feeling which is associated with the use of THC. CBD is not marijuana, neither is it THC. CBD is obtained from the cannabis plant, just like caffeine is obtained. CBD is mostly administered in the form of CBD oil.

Health Benefits of CBD for Dementia

The use of CBD can control Dementia-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Research has shown that cannabinoid products, especially CBD, significantly helps in combating this disease. It also increases the connection within the brain cells. CBD works in several ways to help in improving the health outcomes in people who have dementia. By stimulating the brain, acting as a neuroprotector, and reducing the level of oxygen from building up as reducing inflammation, CBD helps in improving the health outcomes among people with dementia.

By reducing anxiety and stress among people with dementia, CBD improves movement and reduces the decline of memory. The brain’s immune cells might fail to clear the blockages associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This usually causes inflammation in response. When the inflammation caused by the failure of the brain immune cells in clearing the blockages grow bigger, the negative impacts also grow bigger.  Basic functions of the brain cells, which include memory, decrease when more oxygen is released into the brain’s cells.

The level of oxygen in the brain can be increased indirectly by loss of memory and even other brain deteriorations. Because of the antioxidant property of CBD, it highly helps in the problems which are often associated with oxygen stress. CBD helps in combating brain functions, which are impacted negatively by stress due to oxygen.

The brain cells of patients with Alzheimer’s disease always show paths of destruction and decline. CBD’s potential in stimulating the tissues of the brain was known as its potential benefit. Scientists are capable of increasing the protein levels of proteins that maintain the cognitive functions in the brain by removing dead cells associated with this disorder.

Functions of the brain and memory

The brain tissues usually die as dementia progresses. As the brain tissues also die, their function is also lost. CBD helps in reversing the loss or can even stop memory loss and brain functions in patients with dementia. Also, CBD helps in stimulating the brain to assist in keeping the connections within the brain.

CBD and inflammation due to Alzheimer’s

Inflammation refers to how the body naturally responds when injured. The injury may be due to a wound or cut. There is also a type of inflammation caused by different forms of dementia known as neuroinflammation. in some instances, Alzheimer’s disease causes protein clumps to accumulate in the brain, which makes it difficult for the brain to perform its functions over time.

Due to this, the body responds with an inflammation which makes it difficult for the brain to make connections. When CBD is brought in to help solve this problem, it significantly reduces inflammation and helps in combating dementia.

CBD and oxygen buildup

The building up of oxygen in the brain causes inflammation. This is because as the tissues of the brain expand, more oxygen is released. As the inflammation grows bigger, the amount of oxygen also released increases, causing the brain to lose its function. This occasionally results in loss of memory and can even cause other brain deteriorations. When the body is stressed, oxygen is released. By reducing stress and the negative effects on the brain, CBD helps relieve patients of this disorder.

CBD for cognitive function improvement

Research has revealed that CBD is capable of increasing the levels of serotonin and glutamate in the body. This is responsible for regulating the functions of the brain and mood. Additionally, they also help in controlling learning and memory. Creating homeostasis in these neurotransmitters also helps reduce the level of stress, thus boosting the brain’s functions.

The CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system work to cope with the damage caused by oxidation. When CBD is used for a long time to help treat Alzheimer’s disease, it reduces oxidation, relieves the body of inflammations, and provides a Neuroprotective property.

Scientists, through research, have found that inflammation poses negative impacts on Alzheimer’s disease since it causes the brain cells to fail, and it can even cause blockages. CBD can be used in this case because of its anti-inflammatory properties. By lowering the inflammation, oxygen is released to the cells of the brain. The use of CBD prevents Alzheimer’s and can also help in reversing it.

Additionally, CBD helps in preserving mental health.  Cognitive decline may result from several things, which may include the choice of lifestyle and genetics. Neurogenesis and Neuroplasticity work slow as one age. The brain does not create many new cells; hence, learning and reorganizing new processes may be delayed. Here CBD comes in and helps in increasing neurogenesis and neuroplasticity.

The CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the body’s endocannabinoid system are extremely sensitive. They are located in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system, respectively. CBD binds with these receptors to help in enhancing the general functions of the body. However, CBD does not interact like THC, which produces a high feeling when consumed, neither does it alter the mind’s functions. Because of its positive impacts, CBD is highly preferred in treating Alzheimer’s disease compared to other medications. However, it is important to use it under the supervision of a doctor to avoid some side effects that are associated with its use.

Charlotte Cremers
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MS, University of Tartu
Sleep specialist

Using the acquired academic and professional experience, I advise patients with various complaints about mental health - depressed mood, nervousness, lack of energy and interest, sleep disorders, panic attacks, obsessive thoughts and anxieties, difficulty concentrating, and stress. In my free time, I love to paint and go on long walks on the beach. One of my latest obsessions is sudoku – a wonderful activity to calm an unease mind.

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