Prompted by “Preventing Alzheimer With Cannabis?”: http://www.zamnesia.com/blog-preventing-alzheimer-with-cannabis-n304
A puff a day keeps dementia away.
“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 statement was made by Prof. Gary Wenk, an authority on the effects of drugs on brain function and an expert in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and medical genetic and immunology from the Ohio State University, In the light of his research, this professor is saying that cannabis, by eliminating inflammation, is seen to have a positive effect on the condition of neurons.
I agree, but it’s not as simple as that.
Strain selection has not anywhere near reached maturity yet. Selecting stains based upon sativa/indica/hybrid and THC/CBD is nowhere near enough detail with respect to healthy (inclusively mental) stress.
Imagine if selecting music was as limited, so excessively crude.
There are roughly hundreds of cannabis strains with no end in sight in terms of the maximum palette of choices (including the ability to combine strains into a “salad” for much more diversity, dimension, and texture). Strain distinction can vary so dramatically, two strains can feel like completely different drugs.
My mom has a license to use medical cannabis (and I have a personal caregiver license), and that use has already eliminated all of her prescription drugs (except for her high blood pressure medicine, which apparently will also eventually disappear from need).
She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but in less than a year of cannabis use, she has demonstrated seriously positive results. I cannot identify further decline, but I can readily perceive cognitive improvement.
I’m not ready to proclaim cannabis is the only cure for AD, but the plant is well-worth looking into upon similar diagnosis and should be tried before traditional pharmaceuticals with their harsh side effects (in my humble ‘for entertainment purposes only’ opinion).
She uses two strains — one for day (one puff in the morning and one in the afternoon) and the other for night (two puffs right at bedtime). Cheese (Che at Leafly) is her daytime strain, and San Fernando Valley OG Kush (Sfk at leafly) matches her nocturnal need. Both strains are simple in psychological texture with the latter supplying a ‘lullaby’ weight for her bedtime mindset.
Blue Dream is a gorgeous strain, but it’s dreamy effect may adversely affect some people — as is the case with other popular strains offering (for lack of a better word offhand) unfamiliar texture during an awakened state.
Cheese is simplistic, but it’s also balanced (even “zensational”, if you will) and slightly uplifting. That combination fits anyone for all intents and purposes, so cheese is an excellent starter strain and many people will even stick to it as users. I predict that cheese will become the first truly superstar strain, at least upon recognizing national cannabis legality.
Cheese is excellent for my mom, because it diffuses her relatively wild neurology and the mental distortions that impress towards AD (e.g. inflammation). Instead of just verbally teaching someone how to achieve a meditatively balanced mindset, cheese casually impresses a sensation encouraging the user to experience that healthiest core balance, like a song offering similar inspiration beyond communication via words alone.
One puff using an electronic vaporizer leaves the impact as mild, so she has no problem staying active (she walks roughly four miles daily — even right after intake).
Her demeanor has greatly improved and there’s high hopes for continued improvement as long as other aspects of her palliative care remain optimal (which you’re welcome to help us out with btw), because ultimately this is all about healthy stress.
Cannabis plays a dramatically advanced role in a healthy mind by functioning basically as clothing for the mind (like a leaf covering the crotch). This line of clothing has only begun and its reach will not be limited to plant intake, but ultimately extend into the computerized brain that current generations will likely only begin to experience (if at all due to the serious issues involving moving your computer into your brain). Eventually serious control over mind effects will occur (including duration, amplitude, and styling) to act as a stress harbor protecting the user from ‘within-skull’ stressors.
For now, cannabis (not to mention other responsibly used psychedelics) is the best solution for mental protection, despite the inability to completely control those three parameters, but that assumes topnotch strain selection.
While cannabis can be mildly consumed for positivity by anyone (even people thinking they prefer sobriety, but don’t for the same reason they usually prefer to wear clothes), the other end of that intake spectrum leaves cannabis as a seriously powerful psychedelic that must be respected (like any power) — and I’m not even necessarily talking about cannabis concentrates that really bring heavy neurological impact.
If strain selection (etc.) is misfitting, then the resulting unhealthy stress logically leads to inflammation. In the case of dementia, that’s an exacerbation, so best care (basically requiring high-quality specialization beyond even today’s general expertise) is needed upon using cannabis for serious mental problems.
In order to produce actually scientific results, cannabis researchers involving psychological impact must strictly factor intake method (e.g. smoking versus vaporization), intake amount (e.g. never just “joints” or such), and strain differential. Any study failing to meet that demand effectively by the scientific method is unscientific and should be publicly condemned as such. I challenge anyone to provide even just one study meeting that necessary factoring.
Cannabis is a path to serious mental alteration. Let’s all work together to keep each generation understanding the need to respect that alteration source’s power for a stronger community.
That’s what our Respect Cannabis campaign is about (strengthening community), but that principle grows beyond cannabis to encompass intentional perception alteration itself (e.g. virtual reality) and must involve a hard-line distinction between abuse (harmful act) and use (harmless act).