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Medical marijuana has been shown to have neuroprotective properties, reduce brain inflammation, and enhance brain regeneration (healing). Evidence suggests that the utilization of marijuana products containing both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) has been effective and safe for use in older people with agitation (behaviors) associated with dementia. Medical marijuana has been shown to be well tolerated, with few short-term side effects. This differs from first-line medications utilized for dementia behaviors such as antipsychotics which has serious and potentially long-term side effects. Patients with severe dementia demonstrated improvement using equal parts CBD and THC. This combination reduced problem behaviors by 40%. Some people have to experiment with the right dosage to improve symptoms and behavior. Medical marijuana is not for everyone, those with psychosis and some heart conditions could have unwanted side effects. This is why we have medical marijuana physicians such as Dr B to evaluate patients and monitor them so they can safely treat their symptoms and can find the right dosage for optimal treatment.

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