In the United States, research into the potential benefits of cannabis continues to be limited, so there is little data on whether cannabis helps with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. But in Israel no such restriction exists. In January 2022, the Ministry of Health approved the use of cannabis for the treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in adults.a Research Led by Dr. Harmosh Israeli Laniad Hospital Geriatrics Unit Paper Releases Evidence That Controlled Medical Cannabis Treatment for People with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease Is Relatively Safe and Effective in Treating Behavioral Disorders in People with Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease was shown.
We at AgingParents.com regularly hear from people caring for elderly loved ones with dementia, and this is very welcome news. Currently, cannabis is a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it is a regulated substance under federal regulation. Doctors cannot prescribe it and there is no insurance that covers it. And it doesn’t matter if state law makes medicinal or recreational use perfectly legal. It is still illegal under federal law. Conflicts between federal and state law remain unresolved. For those who live in states where marijuana is legal, at least for medical use, the benefits could be enormous for their aging loved ones with dementia.
No one can predict what behavioral changes a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias will exhibit. We know that some elders with disabilities can become agitated, combative, angry, and even violent. It makes caring for them excruciatingly difficult for those who love them. When these difficult and handicapped older people move into forgetful care and assisted living, they can create unmanageable caregiving problems. Some residents have been asked to leave because staff consider the elderly to be an unnecessary danger to caregivers and other residents. For the rest, the solution is to administer antipsychotics to the destructive population. It is the only currently effective and accepted method for treating agitated behavior. And since those drugs often cause drowsiness, they are easier than militant actions for staff. But is that the only way? Are you left with no choice but to keep them aroused or sleep most of the day?
medical supervision of cannabis use
Cannabis may be a better option for addressing these behavioral problems. Israeli researchers found that treatment must be tailored to each patient, and that medical supervision and follow-up are essential for success. But it’s compelling that it actually proved to be safe and effective in a controlled, double-blind study. Their success was not limited to “early stage” dementia. Rather, use in adults is generally approved without concluding a lack of efficacy based on what stage of dementia the person is in at the time.
How can I know what works here?
As a personal proponent of plant-based medicine, I often look for studies demonstrating the benefits of cannabis for older adults with dementia. The Israeli study did not specify doses or proportions of THC (the psychoactive part of the plant) and CBD (the non-psychoactive part). His recent CNN show (the whole story, August 7, 2023).that program We investigated common cannabis use in older adults with pain, anxiety, mood problems, and other problems, including dementia. The program interviewed an Israeli doctor who uses cannabis. A dose range of 1 part THC and he 30 parts CBD was discussed. It made sense. A larger portion contained the relaxing anti-inflammatory CBD and a small amount of THC, not enough to get you high.
our own observations
AgingParents.com has discussed medical cannabis use with many of our clients over the past few years. This is legal in California and some states where our customers (usually adult children) live and care for loved ones. Families most interested in trying cannabis for loved ones with behavioral problems are those who dislike the effects of antipsychotics on older adults. Doctors are already prescribing such drugs, older people are taking them, and family members say their aging parents are drowsy all day or sleeping all day and night. For them, aging parents deserve a better quality of life. They are experimenting with cannabis without a doctor’s supervision because the drug, which the Fed makes illegal, cannot be supervised by a doctor.
Informal feedback on effectiveness
Over the past two years, all but one of our clients who have reported cannabis use with an elderly parent with dementia have had positive results. This is clearly not research. Rather, we only convey the anecdotal results they reported. They start in a form that an aging parent can eat without smoking. (I strongly advise against smoking anything as it will harm your lungs). They will try pure CBD (non-psychoactive) first. If the excitement still persists, add a little THC to the mixture. This can mean multiple trips to the pharmacy and a lot of expense spent on trial and error. But they eventually figured out the right combination of these botanical ingredients and give it to their aging loved ones twice a day. What they tell us is that mothers no longer hit their caregivers and fathers no longer scream, get angry or become belligerent. Perhaps it has found a safe and effective use, as described in an Israeli study.
How can I get reliable medical guidance regarding cannabis?
Most physicians avoid discussing cannabis for fear of government reprisal, lack of information on the topic, or circumstances in which medical use of cannabis is not permitted. Masu. There are exceptions. In California, a group of doctors and other clinicians founded his nonprofit science education organization in 2009.of Cannabis Practitioners Association Dedicated to supporting education and research in the medical use of cannabis. This is a resource for providing practitioners and public information courses and research. Its purpose is to provide reliable, science-based information about the medical use of cannabis.
Difficult behavior associated with dementia places a heavy burden on caregivers. Currently, the most common choice for dealing with this disease under federal law in the United States is the use of antipsychotics with all their side effects. For those willing to take risks, that’s fine. For others, there is an alternative, medical cannabis. Points to consider:
- Do not expect medical supervision from your regular treating physician regarding the use of cannabis as a medicine. their hands are tied. You usually have to experiment with dosage, rate, frequency, etc. yourself. A cannabis clinician may be helpful.
- No reports of death from cannabis overdose. There are numerous reports of an increased risk of death from the use of antipsychotics and other drugs.
- There are many options for eating Adults can consume: tinctures, gummies, cookies, etc. Whatever you choose, know the exact proportions of CBD and THC. Smoking is not recommended.
- It’s important to understand that cannabis can interact with other medications that older people take. You don’t want to put your loved ones in danger. You should discuss with your doctor what potential drug interactions may exist. Doctors can’t give advice about cannabis, but they can give you a lot of information about other drugs. Unfortunately, unlike Israel, we cannot provide close medical oversight of cannabis in relation to all medications patients receive and adjust accordingly.
- If you choose to use cannabis for seniors in a state where cannabis is legal, Research study. Learn all you can from developed countries that approve cannabis for seniors. If you do choose to try cannabis on your elderly loved ones, do so in a thoughtful and reasoned way and be prepared to adapt to whatever therapy you develop.