We’ve recently written about how Alzheimer’s disease may be triggered by what you eat. Now scientists suspect that it could be prevented by what you smoke.
THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is better at suppressing the abnormal clumping of malformed proteins that characterizes Alzheimer’s than any of the drugs now on the market. Almost 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, the dreaded disease that steals time.
Charles Q. Choi writes in LiveScience.com that THC may inhibit the action of the enzyme AchE in the brain, that accelerates the formation of those memory-destroying brain clumps.
Will it turn out that people who smoked pot when they were young have a lower incidence of Alzheimer?s in old age? Because of the crazy drug laws in this country, those are statistics that we will be unable to gather.
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