What is Dementia?
Dementia is a neurodegenerative condition characterised by a decline in cognitive abilities, memory loss, and difficulties in performing daily activities. It is not a specific disease but rather a term used to describe a range of symptoms caused by various underlying conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, or Lewy body dementia. The condition progressively affects thinking, reasoning, behaviour, and social interactions, often leading to significant impairment in the individual’s quality of life. While there is no cure for dementia, early diagnosis, proper management, and support services can help individuals and their caregivers navigate the challenges associated with the condition.
Symptoms of Dementia
- Memory loss,
- difficulty thinking, reasoning, and performing everyday tasks.
- Early signs of dementia often include:
- Forgetting recently learned information,
- Changes in behaviour or mood.
Treatment for Dementia
According to recent news and research, there have been advancements in the treatment for dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s disease. One notable development is the approval of new drugs such as Lecanemab (Leqembi) and Aducanumab (Aduhelm). Lecanemab works by removing a protein believed to contribute to the progression of Alzheimer’s, while Aducanumab potentially delays decline from dementia. These drugs represent a new era in Alzheimer’s treatment and show promise in addressing cognitive impairment and early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. It is important to consult healthcare professionals or refer to credible sources for detailed information about these treatments and their potential benefits.
Medical Cannabis & Dementia
Medical cannabis is emerging as a potential alternative treatment for dementia, with some promising research findings. A review published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information discussed how medical cannabis has been explored as a viable alternative treatment for dementia. In particular, two in-vivo studies using CBD and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) simultaneously showed that the combined treatment had a positive effect on the memory of AβPP/PS1 transgenic mice.
Another research study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience concluded that long-term medication of THC/CBD (1:2) can be administered safely with overall positive clinical improvement to poly-medicated patients with severe dementia. While there are still many questions to be answered and more comprehensive studies to be conducted, these findings suggest that medical cannabis could potentially offer some benefits in managing the symptoms of dementia.