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.”
Jim 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!