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Editor: Douglas A. Berman
Moritz College of Law

Saturday, July 2, 2016

"Could Marijuana Help Treat Alzheimer's Disease?"

The question in the title of this post is the headline of this local article reporting on new research that could be a profound "game-changer" if confirmed by additional future findings.  Here are the basics and why:

Researchers said Thursday marijuana may help treat Alzheimer's disease after discovering a new connection with an active ingredient.  Researchers at the The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla said the connection has to do with THC, which is found in marijuana.

Five million Americans suffer with Alzheimer's disease, and it is a number that is expected to grow substantially as baby boomers move into what were supposed to be their golden years.

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