A tour through alternative treatments
History of CBD or active substances that occur more or less frequently depending on the variety. The most common are CBD and THC: CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid that is useful in relieving seizures, inflammation, chronic pain, cravings and nausea. It does not have the psychoactive effect of THC. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid in the plant. It has unique analgesic properties, making it very useful in the treatment of neuropathic pain. It is also an appetizer and reduces the side effects caused by treatments such as chemotherapy. In addition to cannabinoids, cannabis contains terpenes and flavonoids, compounds with great therapeutic potential, which can also enhance the action of cannabinoids. Here we will talk specifically about the history of one of the cannabinoids: CBD. Although the use of CBD is considered somewhat modern, it does in fact have a history that goes back to 1940. It was in that year that Roger Adams, a Harvard chemist, first extracted CBD from the cannabis sativa plant. However, he was not aware of his discovery at the time. It was only years later that Adams and his team of scientists recognised the potential benefits of CBD and began to investigate them. In 1946, Dr. Walter S. Loewe conducted the first CBD animal experiment. Through his experiments it was discovered that CBD does not cause changes in mental states. In the same year Dr. Raphael Mechoulam identified the structure of CBD and is therefore known as the scientist who discovered this substance. The research continued with tests on primates, and in the 1960s the British Pharmacopoeia published the first CBD oil. In 1980 Dr Mechoulam made another scientific breakthrough when he discovered that CBD can be a key factor in the treatment of epilepsy. Subsequent research has confirmed that CBD has great therapeutic potential. This component of cannabis was positioned because of its effect:
- anti-inflammatory agents
Recently CBD has been used to treat chronic and neuropathic pain, diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative pathologies such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The potential for treating other conditions such as insomnia and social anxiety disorders is also being explored.
Currently, prejudices about CBD and cannabis are beginning to disappear and more and more people are appreciating this plant for its great potential. On 24 January 2019 the World Health Organisation recommended that the regulation on cannabis be amended. Under current legislation, cannabis and its resins are considered psychoactive substances in international control agreements. However, with the amendments proposed by the WHO, CBD derivatives would no longer be considered psychoactive and would be completely removed from the international conventions on the control of psychoactive substances. This means that even international health organisations recognise the medical properties of this component and are trying to promote research and development of CBD treatments. On the other hand, new uses for cannabis have been discovered with current technology. These are the main uses that cannabis has had until today:
- textile fibre
- lamp oil
- Input for the production of ropes, basketry, paper and clothing
- building material
- heat and sound insulation
- biomass for the production of biofuels
Input for the production of microfibres (which can replace materials such as glass fibre so that they can be used for the production of car bodies)
basic for tomorrow
No one can say for sure what will happen to the future of cannabis and CBD, but we can dare to be optimistic. The fact that the WHO dares to propose new laws on cannabis shows us that the world is beginning to change paradigms and break down taboos. This represents a greater feasibility in the development of CBD products and derivatives that can be useful in various fields, particularly in the medical field. The history of cannabis shows us that, despite the great controversy surrounding its use, research and development is pointing towards a future in which this plant, of which so many properties have been discovered over time, could be effectively used for medical and scientific purposes. Interesting story, right? Do you know in which medical treatments cannabis is used with excellent results? Well, Dr Marisol Duque shows in her article How the active component CBD works in the treatment of pathologies like Alzheimer’s, the results of interesting research for the medical community and for you.
What is Alzheimer’s? This is the beginning you need to know!
Surely you have asked yourself what Alzheimer’s is and what effects it has on your daily life. This pathology is a progressive and irreversible brain disorder that affects memory and the ability to think. Ultimately, it can affect people so much that it becomes difficult for them to carry out simple, everyday tasks. In most cases, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s appear after the age of 60 to 65. You have to be very careful because some symptoms of cognitive decline (difficulty in thinking, remembering and thinking) that come with age are normal but can be confused with symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. 6 ways to prevent Alzheimer’s A tour of alternative treatments for Alzheimer’s The differences in Alzheimer’s by stage What is Alzheimer’s? Is it a form of dementia? According to the World Health Organisation, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia in older people (60% to 70%). Dementia is the deterioration of cognitive functions (thinking, remembering and thinking) and behavioural skills and can go to the point where it interferes with the person’s daily activities. Dementia has a wide range of symptoms, from mild dementia, which occurs when the person is just starting to impair normal functioning, to severe dementia, where the patient is completely dependent on other people to perform basic daily tasks . The causes of dementia vary depending on the brain changes that occur. Although Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, there are other types, including: vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia (abnormal protein aggregates in nerve cells) and a group of diseases that can contribute to frontotemporal dementia. (degeneration of the frontal lobe of the brain). It is common to find people with mixed dementia, i.e. those suffering from two or more pathologies where at least one is dementia. For example, some people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
Alois Alzheimer, German psychiatrist and neuropathologist, who discovered Alzheimer’s disease in 1906 Alzheimer’s disease was so named because Dr. Alois Alzheimer (a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist) discovered changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness in 1906. His symptoms included memory loss, language problems and unpredictable behaviour. After his death, Dr Alzheimer examined his brain and found many abnormal masses (amyloid plaques) and tangled bundles of fibres (entanglements or neurofibrillary nodules). These entangled plaques and fibres are considered to be the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Another feature of this pathology is the loss of connections between nerve cells in the brain (neurons). Neurons are responsible for transferring information between different parts of the brain and from these to the muscles and other organs of the body. Thanks to them we can think, learn, remember, see, smell and hear. It is important to know what is happening in the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s in order to understand how to direct the help we should give. Difference between Alzheimer’s and typical age changes Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of ageing. Aging is a factor that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s. Most people with Alzheimer’s are over 65 years old. However, this does not mean that all adults develop this kind of dementia. In fact, we need to know that Alzheimer’s is a pathology that can also develop in young people, which puts us in a different context to prevent it. If you are wondering what you or someone close to you is feeling, we will list these characteristics, which illustrate some differences between the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and the typical cognitive changes that occur with age: Alzheimer’s at a young age
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1. memory loss that changes daily life Not remembering things can be frustrating for the Alzheimer’s patient Not remembering things can be frustrating for the Alzheimer’s patient In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease it is common to forget recently learned information Data or events are also forgotten, they ask for the same information over and over again, they depend more on reminders (like notes or reminders on a mobile phone) and the help of family members is needed to carry out tasks that were not a problem before. Some people may notice changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work on number-related tasks. They may have problems following a family recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may also have problems concentrating and it may take longer to do things that they used to do easily. /strong> Alzheimer’s patients can lose track of dates, seasons or the passage of time. They might have trouble understanding something if it is not happening at the same time as they are talking. Sometimes they can forget where they are or how they got there. <5. problems understanding images or distances >/strong> In some people, vision problems can be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease They may have difficulty reading, judging distances and determining colours or contrasts, which can cause problems when doing everyday tasks like driving. <6. problems with written and oral speech/expression people with Alzheimer’s might have problems starting or holding a conversation. They might stop in the middle of a conversation and not know how to continue, or they might repeat themselves. They might have vocabulary problems, like not knowing which word to use, or saying things in other ways (for example, instead of saying cat, they say: the dog meowing). 8. loss of judgement People with Alzheimer’s can experience changes in their judgement, judgment and decision-making skills. For example, they might lose criteria for the money they had before and pay for very expensive things they could not have imagined before. They may also pay less attention to things that were previously important, such as care. The mood and personality of people with Alzheimer’s can vary. They can feel confused, suspicious, depressed, anxious or frightened. They can easily sulk at work, at home, with friends or in places that are outside their comfort zone. In addition to the symptoms we present here, there are other signs, such as behavioural changes or changes in sleep. Remember that the symptoms and changes of Alzheimer’s can occur in many different ways, just as each person is unique. The symptoms vary depending on the stage of development of the disease. If you have one or more of these symptoms, it is important that you see your doctor and get a correct diagnosis. If you have already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, do not worry. The support network is growing and research is progressing rapidly. It is very important to have strategies for managing Alzheimer’s disease. Adopt the strategies that you think are most convenient. Share this information with your inner circle. It can also be very useful for them and help them to recognise Alzheimer’s early.