Using Hemp Oil To Treat Dementia

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The harsh reality is that the pharmaceutical industry has provided no real hope

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and dementia are becoming increasingly epidemic among our expanding 65-and-over population. It is estimated that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s, and the inability of these millions of sufferers to handle routine daily tasks completely changes their lives and the lives of those around them. The obvious response is to look to the medical community for help. But for those like Jim who suffer from dementia and others with AD, the harsh reality is that the pharmaceutical industry has provided no real hope.

As I have tried to find solutions that could help Jim improve in any kind of small way, I have come to realize you have to go outside of mainstream medicine. That was the main reason I decided to take Jim to an inflammation specialist a year ago. In May, this specialist told me she wanted Jim to start taking hemp oil to help him communicate. I asked how long it would take for that to work, and she told me about 10 minutes. I thought it was pretty astounding it could work in 10 minutes, so what did we have to lose? At this point Jim could barely talk.

Before Jim started taking it, I did my research. Current indications are that CBD — an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant cannabinoid in hemp oil — may dramatically heal and protect the memory of people with dementia. Preclinical research also suggests it promotes the growth of new, healthy brain cells. Hemp oil has no THC, the chemical that causes the “high” in cannabinoid. And I found this quote in Time Magazine from a neuroscience professor at Ohio State: “I’ve been trying to find a drug that will reduce brain inflammation and restore cognitive function in rats for 25 years. Cannabinoids are the first and only class of drugs that have ever been effective.”

blog-112916-hemp-oilJim started taking hemp oil from the Elixinol hemp oil pen. I put a drop of hemp oil in a spoonful of coconut oil and Jim readily accepts it. The first time I gave Jim hemp oil he popped out with a word he had not said in years within 5 minutes.    I couldn’t believe it. Then a few days later, when asked why he was feeling so bad on such a beautiful day, he said, “You would too.” I thought that response showed a depth of understanding of the question and his condition. So while “you would too” was not easy to hear, for me it was positive because it demonstrated cognitive understanding. Jim has continued to progress, and just a few weeks ago looked at the hand of a caregiver that had no ring and said, “Have you been married?” Verbalizing that kind of short sentence is astonishing progress given that Jim hardly said a word a year ago.

And I do not think the positive changes have only been in communication. Jim seems more aware of what is going on, he understands everything that I say, and there has been a slight decrease in his level of agitation (common in dementia patients).

If you are interested in learning more about hemp oil, I encourage you to go to the Elixinol website  for further information. With your first purchase you will be entitled to receive a free 10 to 15-minute consultation about the use of the product.

The full potential of cannabinoids have not been fully realized or understood

I think it is fair to say that the full potential of cannabinoids have not been fully realized or understood. Jim was diagnosed with dementia 14 years ago, and the word Alzheimer’s was used by his doctors when discussing his treatment starting about 7 to 10 years ago. But when we went to see Jim’s dementia specialist this summer, he pulled me aside and said, “There is no way Jim has Alzheimer’s. You don’t see the kind of improvement he has had with Alzheimer’s.    Jim is the first patient I have ever seen get better.”

I think at that point I fully realized how far Jim had come. Jim’s dementia has not been healed, but he has improved cognitively. What a blessing from the Lord!

14 Responses

  1. Suzanne L Kish

    Jim sang Happy Birthday to me with Kim last Tuesday. A big improvement.

  2. YOU are an inspiration, Vicki.
    Jim is blessed with courage and a courageous wife.
    I’m blessed just to know you.
    Let’s talk soon.
    — Stephen

    • Vicki Hafele

      Thank you Stephen! You are perceptive to realize Jim is courageous. He really is to go through all he has had to endure the last 2 years. He also has tremendous will. People with dementia have to have courage to face up their illness. Many folks like to ignore the fact they have dementia as long as they can. It can be very hard to come to grips with.

  3. Vicki, you are always such an inspiration to me and I’m sure many others. Thank you for sharing this news.

  4. Vicki,
    I don’t get to see you guys that often, but when I do, I see such improvement in Jim’s cognitive development. He responds to questions and is able to tell you what he wants. This is amazing! Thank you for allowing God to use your story to inspire, but also to educate. Keep fighting!

    • Vicki Hafele

      Thank you so much for your encouragement Sherry! I appreciate it more than you know.

  5. Jody Ballard

    Vicki…..This is exciting. Again I say Jim is so blessed to have you. Your research is amazing. Please keep your notes. Thank you for keeping me informed.
    ‘Jody’

    • Vicki Hafele

      It is exciting Jody! Hemp oil really has had as much impact as any other lifestyle change Jim has made. If you would have told me a year ago I would be excited about hemp oil I would have had you committed. You never know where life is going to take you.

  6. Jody Ballard

    Vickie,
    Apparently I lost my comment to you. I just want to repeat that Jim is so blessed to have you. Your research has been amazing. Thank you for keeping me informed.
    ‘Jody’ Ballard

  7. Carol Mayer

    Vic that is amazing! Bill and I have been talking about coming to see Jim to see if he remembers us. Do you think you can arrange a time when you can be there? I changed my email above. Hope you get it
    Love to you both

    • Vicki Hafele

      Good to hear from you Carol. Of course we can get together. Let’s plan it.

  8. Beth smith

    I am looking for dementia help with my 98 year old mom – can offer any ideas

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