New Study: THC May Slow, Halt Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

Extremely low doses of the cannabis compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may slow or even halt entirely the progressionBrain of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study from neuroscientists at the University of South Florida (USF) shows.

Findings from the research were reported online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

For the study, researchers from the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute showed that extremely low doses of THC reduced the production of amyloid beta (which is found in a soluble form in most aging brains), and prevented abnormal accumulation of this protein – a process considered to be one of the pathological hallmarks in Alzheimer’s disease. The THC was also found to selectively enhance mitochondrial function, which is needed to help supply energy, transmit signals, and maintain a healthy brain.

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