Cannabis is helping more people enjoy their golden years. Cannabis can protect, heal and promote the growth of new brain cells.
Studies have shown that both THC and CBD, two of the primary active cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, are powerful antioxidants. They can positively affect brain function by reducing an issue known as glutamate toxicity.
Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that instructs the brain’s nerve cells to fire, which can cause them to become stimulated to the point of damage or cell death. Cannabinoids drastically cut down on the level of incurred cell loss.
In addition to protecting the brain’s nerve cells from glutamate, cannabis also promotes the regeneration and creation of new nerve cells. This makes it an especially valuable asset for those at risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or multiple sclerosis.
Research has demonstrated that cannabis can also help to protect the brain from traumatic injury and aid in subsequent healing.
This is a particularly important role in battling many of the health problems we find ourselves facing as we age.
Along with creating new cells and helping our brains combat degeneration, cannabis can go a long way in preventing degenerative disorders like Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, as well as age-related decline into dementia.
Cannabis prevents the buildup of plaque –known as beta-amyloid plaque – on the brain that can lead to these devastating diseases.
THC is also known to aid mitochondrial function, the loss of which can lead to Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The mitochondria, the so-called “powerhouse of the cell,” is responsible for breaking down nutrients from the cell and turning them into energy.
Cannabis supports this function and prevents degenerative deterioration.