The British Journal of Pharmacology has recently published a study that says the chemical makeup of marijuana is able to prevent such diseases as: Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and Huntington’s disease.
Both THC and CBD, which make up the chemical structure found in marijuana, are believed to promote nerve cell function in users which in turn can protect against brain inflammation and intra-cellular dysfunction. The way that they are able to achieve this is by accessing the brain’s endocannabinoid system which in turn promotes healthy cell regeneration.
Gary Wenk, a professor at Ohio State University, made similar claims in January which stated that “If you do anything, such as smoke a bunch of marijuana in your 20s and 30s, you may wipe out all of the inflammation in your brain and then things start over again. And you simply die of old age before inflammation becomes an issue for you.”
This isn’t just a huge realization for the health of Americans, it is also a way to lighten the massive amount of money the US spends on fighting diseases like Alzheimer’s, which cost the country over $200 billion in 2013 alone.