Marijuana and Alzheimer's

How MMJ Health can help Alzheimer Patients

What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease, also referred to as senile dementia, is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that mainly affects the brain. As a result, it leads to a gradual decline in cognitive function and memory. Individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease have their memory and behavior affected and lose their ability to think clearly.  This is the most common form of dementia, and with time, brain cell connections begin to weaken, degenerate, and die, causing individuals to lose all cognitive abilities over time.

As part of Alzheimer’s disease, there is a buildup of abnormal protein deposits in the brain, including beta-amyloid plaques and tau tangles. These deposits interfere with the communication between brain cells and eventually lead to their dysfunction and death.

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Symptoms of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t present itself in the same way in all individuals. What’s even more, it may change as the disease progresses through its different stages. There are multiple warning signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease including:

Please note that these symptoms can be caused by various factors and that experiencing occasional memory lapses does not necessarily indicate Alzheimer’s disease. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor in order to receive comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis.

Different Types of Alzheimer's

Though the effects of the disease are similar, there are two main types of Alzheimer’s disease: Early-onset Alzheimer’s and Late-onset Alzheimer’s.

Early-onset Alzheimer's

Early-onset Alzheimer’s occurs to those who are younger than age 65. It’s relatively rare and only a small percentage of individuals are affected by it. Often, people begin noticing symptoms of mental decline. Symptoms may begin in the early 40s or 50s. In some cases, Early-onset Alzheimer’s can be attributed to specific genetic mutations inherited from parents. 

Your healthcare provider can then diagnose Early-onset Alzheimer disease with a few cognitive tests of memory, problem solving, and other mental skills. It is worth mentioning that accurately diagnosing this type of Alzheimer’s can be particularly challenging, not only because it’s not the normal age range associated with the condition but also because in younger individuals the symptoms may initially be attributed to stress or depression. That said, it’s advisable to consult a specialist in cognitive disorders.

Late-onset Alzheimer's

Late-onset Alzheimer’s is the most common form of the disease, and affects people generally over the age of 65. Senile dementia symptoms in this stage are more advanced and severe as memory and cognitive skills have dramatically worsened over time. Late-onset Alzheimer’s is believed to result from a combination of environmental, genetic, lifestyle factors and others including advancing age, family history of Alzheimer’s, certain genetic variations and cardiovascular risk factors. At this stage, individuals may require around-the-clock care, lose awareness of recent events and experiences, and even become more vulnerable to infections.

This type of Alzheimer’s progresses gradually, typically over several years.  It’s a significant public health concern due to its high prevalence and the impact it has on individuals, families and healthcare systems.

Diagnosing Alzheimer's

To diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, your doctor will conduct several tests to assess your memory and critical thinking skills, and identify behavioral changes. Upon evaluation your doctor will also review your medical history, and any medication you may be taking. Your doctor will then perform a routine physical evaluation to check your health conditions.

Your physician may also order additional laboratory tests in order to rule out other conditions that may have similar symptoms such as a stroke, Parkinson’s disease, or depression. Let’s look into the diagnostic process for Alzheimer’s:

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Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging, especially in the early stages, as some symptoms can be confused with other medical conditions.It’s also equally relevant to involve the individual’s caregivers or family in the diagnostic process. They can provide valuable insights in relation to changes they have observed and contribute to a more accurate assessment.

Please see a licensed doctor to get properly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. All MMJ doctors are Members of the Society of Clinicians, the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, the ASA International MMJ Research Society, and the Palm Beach County Medical Society. Our health professionals are highly knowledgeable Medical Marijuana Specialists that can create a treatment plan that works for your lifestyle.

Best Terpenes for Alzheimer’s

Research suggests that certain terpenes may hold promise in alleviating some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Here are some of the best terpenes for Alzheimer’s along with their potential benefits:


This terpene can be found in cannabis, black pepper and cloves. It has demonstrated neuroprotective and anti inflammatory effects in animal studies, which may be beneficial in reducing some of the cognitive symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s.


It’s a citrus-scented terpene known for its uplifting and mood-enhancing effects. With its mood-lifting and stress-reducing properties, limonene may help to improve mood and reduce agitation in Alzheimer’s patients.


This terpene known for its floral aroma and usually found in lavender, mint and cannabis strains of the “Purple” variety  has been shown to have sedative effects, which may be helpful for reducing anxiety and improving sleep in Alzheimer’s patients.


Pinene is a terpene found in coniferous trees and some herbs. It has been shown to have neuroprotective and anti inflammatory effects, which may help to reduce some of the cognitive symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s.

Best Strains for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that affects memory, cognitive function, and behavior. Medical cannabis has been shown to provide some relief for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Here are some strains that may help:

Green Crack

Thanks to its high THC content, this strain may provide Alzheimer’s patients with short-term cognitive-enhancing properties. In addition thanks to its sativa-dominant profile, Green Crack may help improve mood and overall well being.

Acapulco Gold

This cannabis strain is known for its potential neuroprotective properties that could help in preserving brain health and mitigating neurodegenerative processes, which are typical of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, Acapulco Gold, known for its high THC content, may have calming and anxiolytic effects, thus aiding in reducing anxiety. In the same line, this strain may contribute as well in promoting a better sleep quality.

OG Kush

This strain may provide short-term cognitive benefits and have potential neuroprotective properties thanks to its balanced THC and CBD content. It may also contribute to boost the individual’s mood and stimulate their appetite, thus improving their nutritional intake.

Purple Kush

Known for its indica-dominant profile, Purple Kush may help patients in the management of agitation, anxiety and restlessness. Its relaxing properties may also promote improved sleeping patterns thus leading to enhanced sleeping quality. In addition, its analgesic properties may potentially improve the overall comfort of individuals with this mental condition.

Purple Kush

Known for its indica-dominant profile, Purple Kush may help patients in the management of agitation, anxiety and restlessness. Its relaxing properties may also promote improved sleeping patterns thus leading to enhanced sleeping quality. In addition, its analgesic properties may potentially improve the overall comfort of individuals with this mental condition.

Sour Diesel

Known for its energizing and uplifting effects, Sour Diesel may improve mood and counteract symptoms of depression or low motivation that are typical of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Its elevated THC content may also have beneficial cognitive effects. This strain can potentially stimulate appetite and promote a sense of relaxation in some individuals.

Best Online Tools for Alzheimer’s

There are many reputable organizations and websites that provide information, resources, and support for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. These include:

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What can a Florida Medical Marijuana clinic do for Alzheimer’s?

While there is ongoing research on the effects of cannabis and treatment of dementia, there is currently no evidence that cannabis is useful for the treatment or prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Cannabis does however contain a variety of chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, which are known to have an effect on the brain. These cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system in your body, which regulates numerous bodily functions when the cells are exposed. When these cannabinoid receptors are activated, it affects neurochemicals in the brain, which can have an impact on the various mental processes including one’s mood, anxiety, memory and learning abilities, and appetite.

Although there is no evidence that medical cannabis is useful for the treatment or prevention of Alzheimer’s, you may have questions or concerns about cannabis. If you are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia and would like to talk to our certified Florida Marijuana doctors, you can book an appointment and come to any of our 9 convenient MMJ Health locations.

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