Video credit: KPIX 5
In the video above, KPIX 5 created a segment on medical cannabis as a promising treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s. The news reporter discusses the illegality and the medicinal potential of medical cannabis, specifically CBD. The segment speaks about a 92-year-old lady named Lucy Hansons who suffers from dementia.
Due to dementia, Lucy was suffering from confusion, having impaired speech and balance. When it became unbearable, Lucy’s daughter received help from a neurologist who diagnosed Lucy with advanced dementia. Lucy’s daughter stated, “we thought we’d only have her maybe for another six months”.
A nurse practitioner specializing in cannabis medicine known as Eloise Thiessen had advised Lucy to start medical cannabis treatment. Eloise stated that “seniors are the fastest-growing demographic of cannabis users”. She started Lucy on her medical cannabis treatment and was eventually able to wean Lucy off of a few medications.
Eloise Thiessen was giving Lucy what’s known as CBD, also known as cannabidiol is a chemical compound known as a cannabinoid which is extracted from the cannabis plant. This chemical compound is thought to have neuroprotective properties along with a range of other medical properties such as:
Lucy took the risk in trying CBD oil and since Lucy now feels that she has been given back her life and can function without constant help from her family. She stated, “everyone calls it my happy pill, I call it my happy pill”.
In the other half of the segment, Roger Braun and his brother speak of their mother’s dementia diagnosis. They say doctors tried to treat their mother with antipsychotic drugs. She was already in a “fragile state” and the medicine made her worse. Having heard about CBD and its growing benefits, the brothers decided to convince their family to let them try CBD treatment for their mother.
They said that her “personality returned [and] her agitation and insomnia disappeared” miraculously. The newest studies on how cannabis has neuroprotective effects are promising. CBD can manage to amyloid (a toxic protein) development and slow down the killing of neurons.
If this article has affected you and you wish to try CBD to treat yourself or a loved one, please consult this with a doctor before doing so. Further research into the topic is ongoing and cannot be fully accredited until studies have been proven.