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Alzheimer's patients may find help with marijuana

Alzheimer's patients may find help with marijuana

A chemical found in marijuana may help Alzheimer's patients.

Researchers from the Salk Institute Labs in San Diego found the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, THC, removes toxic proteins in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

The team notes the brain produces its own cannabis-like molecules called endocannabinoids.

These molecules play a signaling role between cells and also appear to protect nerve cells from damage caused by inflammation.

THC appears to activate the same type of reaction.

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