Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), or Senile Dementia, a neurorodegenerative disorder like ALS and MS is a progressive disorder characterized by a deterioration of the memory and general cognitive functioning. Symptoms of AD include depression, appetite loss, aggressive behavior, agitation, and in some cases difficulty walking. AD is caused by amyloid plaques that form in the brain. The FDA has only approved a limited number of drugs to relieve the symptoms associated with AD.
Small-scale clinical trials have found Marinol, synthetic THC, have helped to reduce anxiety, hostility, anorexia and insomnia associated with Alzheimer’s. With the high cost of the prescription Marinol, doctors in states with medical marijuana as an option, have increasingly recommended medical marijuana for relief of symptoms.