Dementia is usually an umbrella term for conditions that are characterized by the loss of memory, language, and other cognitive skills. The decline in a person’s thinking skills adversely affects his/her ability to perform day to day activities. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the common causes of dementia among people. The symptoms of dementia include:
- Short-term memory loss
- Traveling out of the neighborhood
- Planning and preparing meals
- Increasing confusion
- Reduced concentration
Dementia is caused by the deterioration of the brain cells that damages the ability of the brain cells to communicate with each other. Without the communication of brain cells, we cannot perform any cognitive functions. Current medications for dementia are not so effective in giving a permanent cure. Since CBD is proven to be an effective remedy for many health problems, scientists are looking at the ability of CBD in the treatment of dementia.
CBD Oil For Dementia
It is important to know that there is no scientific study that proves CBD as an effective remedy for dementia in humans. Most of the studies are conducted on animal subjects and looked at the effect of both THC and CBD on dementia. A study conducted on rats with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease showed an improvement in learning and the reduction in the amyloid clumps in their bodies. The rats were administered with both THC and CBD oil for the study.
Some studies suggest that, for managing some of the symptoms of dementia like agitation and anxiety, higher concentrations of CBD oil is very helpful. A study conducted by California’s Salk Institute in 2017 actually showed some positive results on the effect of CBD on the treatment of dementia. In their study, they found out that CBD could increase the connection between the brain cells and help in the communication between the brain cells.
The inflammations in the brain cells are the main cause of Alzheimer’s symptoms. The anti-inflammatory property of CBD oil can reduce these inflammations and give relief to the disease to some extent. Keep in mind that most of these short-term researches on the effect of CBD on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are conducted on animal models. A long term study on human subjects is necessary for concluding CBD as a potential treatment for dementia.
Many anecdotal records are saying that CBD oil has positive effects on dementia patients. So if you are planning on giving CBD oil to a dementia patient, always start with a small dosage and gradually increase the dosage until you notice an improvement in symptoms. A medical professional can help you in determining a safe dosage for consumption based on the bodyweight of the patient.