CBD and Dementia

CBD and Dementia

What is CBD Oil 

CBD also known as Cannabidiol comes from the Cannabis plant and has positive medicinal effects. It is legal in all 50 US States and has been used as a medicinal extract in the states since 1940. 

What It Isn’t 

CBD will not get you “high” or cloud your judgement in any way. Put all those scenes from the 1936 film, Reefer Madness to rest!   It should not be confused with Marijuana or THC (the chemical that produces a high). Similar to how caffeine is derived from the coffee bean, or aspirin from the bark of a Willow tree, CBD is derived from the cannabis plant.

How It Helps

The 2017 study at California’s Salk Institute found evidence that CBD could help remove dementia from brain cells. While the US Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve a CBD drug for the purposes of treating dementia, it has approved a CBD for treating epilepsy and shows promise for other neurological diseases including Parkinson’s, Lewy Bodies, and Huntington’s. It also helps alleviate stress, anxiety, pain, insomnia and improves memory even for healthy, functioning people of all ages.

These improvements are accomplished by reducing inflammation, reducing oxygen buildup, and by working as a brain stimulant and neuroprotectant. 

Risks/Side Effects

The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that “no public health problems… have been associated with the use of pure CBD,” and there has been no known association with potential for dependence or abuse, unlike most pharma alternatives.

Different Forms

CBD comes in many forms. It can be inhaled, taken in pill format, as an edible (like gummy vitamins) or as a topical oil. Most CBD patients prefer non-inhalable options. The effects of CBD take effect within 30 minutes and last 4 hours to 12 hours. 

Where to Find CBD

CBD can be purchased in one of the many dispensaries popping up all over, health food stores or online. 

Buying with Confidence

When considering which type of CBD is best for you, the first thing to consider is what symptoms you want to address.  The quality of CBD varies and you also need to consider your budget and preferences. To help consumers buy with confidence Aginginplace.org created an unbiased review of various forms of CBD and created their guide,  The Best CBD Oils for 2020 click the link to discover is CBD is for you and how to buy with confidence. 


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