Scientists at Stanford University have just discovered that the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) plays a role in fighting off Alzheimer’s. As you may recall, the ECS produces the body’s marijuana and is responsible for biochemically balancing most, if not all, of the other systems in the body, ensuring optimal functioning. Neuroscientist Dan Madison, Ph.D., has just found that the ECS is responsible for filing the protein, Amyloid Beta (A-Beta) in the right place. If the ECS isn’t properly functioning, the A-BETA just collects in the brain, a start, Madison believes, to the onset of Alzheimer’s. As Madison states “A-beta — strongly suspected to play a fundamental role in Alzheimer’s because it’s the chief constituent of the hallmark clumps dotting the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.” Here is how it works: In the human brain, the hippocampus is thought to be the center of emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system. It is also its filing system. What would happen to files if they didn’t know where to get stored? They would sit there and pile up. That’s what happens to the A-Beta when the endocannabinoid system can’t transmit a message about what to do with it. The A-Beta then builds up into the amyloid plaque on the brain; causing the functions of the hippocampus to become impaired. Hence, the start of Alzheimer’s. The role of medical cannabis and other ways to regulate the ECS are not discussed in this article. However, anecdotal research has shown that people with Alzheimer’s respond positively to the regulation of the ECS. Research is still needed to discover how medical cannabis can prevent or alleviate the onset of Alzheimer’s. This research, however, is promising in that it shows the direct link between the ECS and the proper handling of A-Beta in the brain. (Other information, not sure if it’s necessary or where to go next with it if at all) The active ingredient found in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), mimics the endocannabinoid system similar to how amphetamines mimic dopamine
and heroin mimic endorphins.