With June being Alzheimer’s Disease & Brain Awareness Month, the RVDCBD team wants to talk specifically about brain health. In this article we’ll discuss: what Alzheimer’s and dementia are specifically, what help is available, and how CBD can help. Brain health is an important topic for RVDCBD because, as many of you may or may not know, RVD has had many concussions.
In an interview with Vice, Rob hinted at how CBD saved his life by relieving stress and anxiety from his intense job, travel schedule, and from multiple concussions. RVD believes wholeheartedly cannabis protected his brain health during his 30-year high-impact wrestling career. Check out his documentary Headstrong. Watch for a more in-depth article coming soon. However, let us get down to the nitty-gritty and talk about RVD’s tips on CBD & brain health. If you’ve already tried CBD and know its amazing benefits, grab some tincture and protect your brain today. Spread the good word and leave a review.
What is Brain Health?
Brain health refers to a person’s ability to perform age-appropriate mental and cognitive functions. It is the health of your brain function. From the automatic monitoring of your body’s organs and systems to cognition—being the source of who you are as an individual—having a healthy brain that works properly is key to a healthy, happy life.
Cognition is how you learn, see, and understand the world. It is the source of taking in and understanding sensations like sight, sound, smell, and touch. It is where your intuition stems from or “your gut feeling.” In every way, brain function is the essence of who you are.
Degenerative Brain Diseases
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive form of dementia. Dementia is the overarching term for brain diseases that negatively affects memories, thinking processes, your ability to process, store information, behavior, and perceptions. Alzheimer’s disease or AD is a degenerative disease. This means over time it gets worse. AD has 3 general stages: early, middle, and late. From one to the next stage, there is a drastic difference. Early stage looks like forgetfulness, whereas the middle stage is losing social skills and awareness. And in the latest stage, people can lose physical abilities compounded by more lack of mental awareness and memory loss. For more on the stages, click here.
Did you know 10% of aging Americans develop either Alzheimers or Dementia. That means, many of you may know someone who suffers, and some of you may live with the devastating effects of AD. We at RVDCBD, recognize dementia as a terrible disease. We want to bring awareness and resources to you. Because Alzheimer’s Disease is complex, it takes a combination of medication, intervention, and a lot of patience to treat those living with the disease. So, let’s talk about treatment options. If you need help now, click here for a list of help and resources near you.
Medications, CBD, & Brain Health Treatments
There are two types of approved medications:
- Disease-modifying drugs or therapies that reduce plaques in the brain. These plaques cause brain lesions, which are dead clumps of cells and the source of reduced brain function.
- Inhibitors prevent the breakdown of brain chemicals relative to memory.
How CBD Can Help
There is a third less commonly known organic substance that may help—CBD. In a study done in 2019, the National Library of Medicine (NIH) reported, cannabis proved “useful to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s Disease [;] CBD components could suppress the main causal factors of AD.” The study also showed, the “entourage effect” present in full-spectrum cannabis to be the most effective. For more info on the “entourage effect” click here.
Talk to your healthcare provider about this study to see if cannabis is a good fit for your AD healthcare regimen. Check out our “Smokable” products with full-spectrum benefits. Click here to learn more about delivery methods, or here for other ways to use our full-spectrum organic flowers. Keep in mind, just because they’re called smokables, doesn’t mean you have to smoke them. However, smoking has been proven to be the fastest and most potent delivery method.
Knowing full-spectrum can make a difference, why not support the designated color of AD and go purple— Purple Sunset .
Interventions Treatment for Alzheimer’s disease
Intervention treatments for AD includes a broad-spectrum of activities from memory training to mental and social stimulation. It’s also important to exercise. The goal of these interventions is to improve cognitive function and expand a patient’s independence.
List of Intervention Treatments
- Remembering and recognizing images
- Doing word puzzles
- Practicing everyday activities like shopping
- Math problems
- Completing a series of numbers
Did you know physical exercise, being social, and a healthy diet are key in treating the symptoms of AD? We want to encourage you to take that first step toward health and wellness and get walking. Whether it’s across the house, around the yard, down the block, or a mile or two—get healthier. Check out these meal replacement super easy smoothies, if nutrition is your battle. Always speak to your healthcare provider before adding or changing any of your treatments.
If you or someone you love has AD or Dementia and you feel the need to do more, find an AD event near you. You can get healthier while spreading the word. Incorporate CBD into your diet with Zero THC tincture or the full-spectrum show. Make it a part of your routine and keep on remembering the beauty of life—the beauty of you!