Study: Cannabinoids Exert Neuroprotective Effects in Those With Vascular Dementia

Cannabinoids exert a neuroprotective effect on the cognitive deficits caused by vascular dementia, according to a new study published by the journal Psychiatry Research, and epublished ahead of print by the National Institute of Health.

A 3D model of vascular dementia (photo: Alzheimer’s Association).

“Vascular dementia (VaD) is characteristic of chronic brain ischemia and progressive memory decline, which has a high incidence in the elderly”, states the study. “However, there are no effective treatments for VaD, and the underlying mechanism of its pathogenesis remains unclear.”

With that in mind, “This study investigated the effects of a synthetic¬†cannabinoid¬†receptor agonist WIN55,212-2 (WIN) on VaD, and molecular mechanisms of the effects.”

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