Medindia

X

THC molecule turns out to a boon for Alzheimer’s patients

by Medindia Content Team on  October 6, 2006 at 4:30 PM Mental Health News   - G J E 4
THC molecule turns out to a boon for Alzheimer’s patients
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a compound being tested by researchers from Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, for its ability to ensure levels of a certain chemical is maintained in the brain, in order to prevent the formation of plaque, a characteristic feature in Alzheimer's patients.
Advertisement

Researchers said, "Our results provide a mechanism whereby the THC molecule can directly impact Alzheimer's disease pathology." The drugs commonly in use, donepezil cut down the growth of an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase that breaks down acetylcholine, which is the key brain chemical known to offset the formation of amyloid plaques. THS, it was observed acted against the enzyme as well as protected against plaque formation.

Advertisement
"It might be possible to reformulate or rebuild the THC molecule so it has the anti-Alzheimer's effects without causing disturbances of cognition - getting high or stoned," said Professor Masters, from the University of Melbourne and the Mental Health Research Institute.

Source: Medindia
SAV
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All