7 Marijuana Strains That Help Treat Alzheimer’s

Marijuana’s gaining more attention than ever before — and for good reason. While many people use it recreationally, numerous researchers are finding the plant can be quite useful in helping various illnesses. Currently, Alzheimers.net reminds us two medical marijuana medications in pill form are approved to treat nausea and increase appetites.

And that’s not all. Now, researchers are assessing whether the plant can help those with Alzheimer’s. Here are the strains that might be able to help dementia patients.

1. NYC Diesel for sociability

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A little marijuana might help you socialize. | monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

Once those with Alzheimer’s reach the middle stage of the disease, they might begin to withdraw from others, says the Alzheimer’s Association. While there are no strains of marijuana specifically approved for those with this disease, Leafly explains the NYC Diesel strain can help users feel more comfortable and sociable. The publication notes this strain has “happy, talkative” qualities that might help Alzheimer’s patients have less anxiety over their failing ability to communicate.

Next: This is the perfect strain for Alzheimer’s patients who tend to get emotional. 

2. Purple Kush for calming mood swings

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This strain could help even out your mood. | Ryan McVay/Getty Images

The Alzheimer’s Association notes it’s common for those with this disease to experience many behavioral changes. In early stages, they might feel irritable, and in the later stages, they might experience extreme distress. MarijuanaBreak notes Purple Kush is perfect for calming the mind and relaxing the body. It’s also a common sleep aid, so Alzheimer’s patients might find it particularly beneficial at night

Next: This strain’s THC content is particularly high, which might benefit patients. 

3. White Russian for the high THC content

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Could this strain help block inflammation in the brain? | iStock.com

Strain Spot notes White Russian is a combination of two hybrid strains and is known for its high THC content. Not only is it known for its ability to reduce pain and combat depression, but there’s promising research to suggest THC can treat Alzheimer’s. CNN notes studies suggest the psychoactive ingredient in the plant might be able to remove plaque from the brain and block inflammation.

There needs to be more research, of course, but keep this one on your radar.

Next: This strain is getting harder to find due to growing difficulties and popularity.

4. Acapulco Gold for overall happiness

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You might feel happier and more lighthearted after using the drug. | Nyul/iStock/Getty Images

It might be hard to get your hands on, but medical marijuana users swear by its effects. LA Weekly explains Acapulco Gold is known for creating a sense of euphoria, which can really uplift Alzheimer’s patients. It can also ease pain, stress, and fatigue, which are a few of the conditions dispensaries recommend it for.

Next: A strain that can increase alertness in Alzheimer’s patients

5. Dutch Dragon for THC potency and mental effects

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People often experience a sense of calm. | jacoblund/iStock/Getty Images

Here’s another strain known for its high THC content, says The Cannabis Advisory. While Dutch Dragon might have a positive effect on the brain, patients could also notice euphoria, calmness, and more energy. Alzheimers.net notes many with this disease experience a severe lack of energy due to depression and sleep problems, so this might be the ideal strain to give them a boost.

Next: This one’s recommended for those who have trouble sleeping. 

6. Skywalker for restful sleep

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Have trouble sleeping? This might be the answer. | vadimguzhva/iStock/Getty Images

Sleep doesn’t come easy for most Alzheimer’s patients, though this particular strain is reportedly quite helpful. Leafly explains many Skywalker users reported feeling totally at ease with this strain, and it’s often recommended for those wishing for a good night’s rest. It’s also high in THC, which as mentioned before, may be good for the brain. Be careful how much you take at once, however — this stuff is extra potent.

Next: To treat the inflammatory effects of the disease, look into this strain.

7. The OX for inflammation

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This CBD heavy strain can be therapeutic. | KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images

Not all marijuana strains have a reputation for their high THC content. Some are more CBD heavy, which The Cannabis Advisory notes is the case with The Ox. CBD is a cannabis compound known for its medicinal and therapeutic effects, and this strain may help with pain and reduce inflammation.

WebMD notes pain is often undertreated in those with Alzheimer’s. Keep this in mind when choosing a strain, as certain ones may provide more relief, comfort, and relaxation than others.

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