People suffering from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease is at an all time high. While not much is known about neurodegenerative diseases, what we do know can be attributed to Dr. George Bartzokis’ research which revealed a correlation with age-related buildup of iron and brain degeneration. The study showed that excessive iron buildup was responsible for disruptions in the brain causing cognitive deficits associated with various brain diseases.
Your brain actually stores iron in the Basal Ganglia which controls intentional movement and the patterns created when forming habits. These disruptions in the Basal Ganglia have been linked to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, since these are illnesses that affect your motor skills and memories.
Hemp may help alleviate Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s symptoms
Researchers from Pontifical Catholic University in Brazil examined the relationship between hemp and neurodegenerative diseases in a 2013 study. They found that CBD oil helped recover iron-induced memory deficits. This could be significant when treating these neurodegenerative diseases.
In their tests, they further proved the theory that iron disrupts mitochondria in lab rats. Some of the test subjects were overloaded with iron and some were treated with cannabidiol. They discovered high levels of dynamin-1-like (DNM1L) and caspase 3 (both proteins are associated with the death of cells) and attributed this to the excess iron.
Cannabidiol testing was very positive. The researchers were able to examine the specific effects of cannabidiol and its ability to reverse the levels of DNM1L and caspase 3 back to their normal levels. Their conclusion was that it had actually protected the brain from the proteins associated with cell death, which at the root was caused by the increased iron. They also stated that cannabidiol should be considered as a potential molecule with memory-rescuing and neuroprotective properties.
Research surrounding the benefits of hemp for specific neurodegenerative diseases is lacking but the evidence that iron buildup in the brain and its relation to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease is increasingly gaining acceptance. Further studies are are needed and are expected to show that cannabidiol may prove to be a successful way of treating neurodegenerative diseases. There offers hope for those awaiting solutions.