As a number of clinical studies are conducted to better understand the medicinal benefits of cannabis on various conditions, an increasing amount of evidence is coming forward to show the plant's promising benefits on neurological disorders. From Alzheimer’s to Huntington’s disease, cannabis has been found to halt and even reverse the damage caused by such conditions. Now, recent studies have found that cannabis also holds the potential to put an end to senile dementia. Here we will be taking a closer look at senile dementia and the role that cannabis may play in the future of medicine for the condition. 

First it’s important to understand what senile dementia is and how it manifests within the body. Senile dementia is a condition defined by the degeneration of brain cells. The condition differs from normal senility due to the fact that the damage will eventually result in a progressive loss of memory and personality changes. There are a number of causes of dementia that include Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, Huntington's disease, atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, HIV, Parkinson’s disease, Pick’s disease, viral or bacterial encephalitis, Lewy body disease, brain tumors, or neurosyphilis. 

The treatment for senile dementia is often determined by the cause. Dementia that comes as a result of depression, poor nutrition or thyroid problems is often treated by correcting the underlying problem. However, dementia that comes from a result of an additional disease such as Alzheimers can be treated through the use of cannabis. Cannabinoids, the primary compound found in cannabis, attached itself to the damaged nerves and serves as a protective helmet, preventing further damage from occurring and giving the nerves a chance to repair themselves. 

If your or someone you know is suffering from dementia and would like to receive cannabis as a potential treatment option, we suggest speaking with your physician to determine your eligibility.