5 Marijuana Strains That Help Treat Alzheimer’s Disease [2019 Update]

Effective Treatments and Cannabis Strains
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on March 12, 2019

5 Marijuana Stains That Help Treat Alzheimer’s Disease [2018 Update]

Cannabis is a controversial topic in the medical industry. Some doctors are entirely onboard as they understand the benefits of medical marijuana, while other doctors express extreme caution in regards to marijuana treatments and are still expressing negative thoughts towards the topic.

As some researchers and companies continue to explore the drug as a solution to treat terminal illnesses, such as GW Pharmaceuticals, who recently discovered that specific CBDs could possibly help cure brain cancer. Other companies and research pioneers are trying to figure out whether medical marijuana can contribute to cure other illnesses and diseases. One of those diseases is Alzheimer’s.

What Is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases.

What’s important to understand about Alzheimer’s is that it is not a normal part of aging, it worsens over time, and as of now, it has no cure!

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 5 million Americans are battling Alzheimer’s and it is a leading cause of death. Furthermore, Alzheimer’s disease is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but recent estimates indicate that the disorder may rank third, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people.

Causes of Alzheimer’s

The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still a mystery, although doctors do assume that it is related to one of the following:

  • Family history
  • Simply from getting older
  • Previous severe head injuries
  • Lifestyle factors and conditions associated with vascular disease

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition. It continues to get worse as you age. During the early stages of Alzheimer’s you may experience:

  • Memory problems
  • Recognition problems
  • Difficulty with speech

As Alzheimer’s disease develops, other symptoms include:

  • Personality or behavioral changes
  • Disorientation

Is Cannabis an Effective Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimers and Cannabis

Over the last couple of years, the topic of Alzheimer’s and cannabis has entered headlines as researchers are now shedding some light on how medical marijuana could help patients.

To be specific, the compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is now thought to be an effective treatment due to its ability to remove amyloid from the brain. Amyloid is a toxic component which builds up like a plaque in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients.

Another component of the disease is the inflammation that occurs as the brain reacts to the formation of amyloid. One of marijuana’s main benefits is said to be providing relief from inflammation.

In a recent article published in the Daily Mail, the following findings were released:

  • THC helps remove amyloid beta from cells.
  • Amyloid beta protein is the main component of plaques that cause Alzheimer’s.
  • Scientists now assume the protein causes inflammation which damages nerve cells.
  • By exposing nerve cells to THC, scientists can eliminate inflammation.

Professor David Schubert, the principal author of a Salk Institute paper mentioned, “Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we believe our marijuana study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells.”

Although current research is still not conclusive and patients are waiting for a proven medical marijuana cure to hit the shelves, recent cannabis studies are promising and are showing a step in the right direction. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease and marijuana is one of them.

Best Marijuana Strains for Treating Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's Disease Treatment

Purple Kush (Indica Marijuana Strain)

Purple Kush is an indica marijuana hybrid strain. It is well known for having purple leaves and dense bud. This marijuana strain is potent, delivering high levels of THC (around 17%). This cannabis strain is often used as a nighttime medicine as it induces a long-lasting calm effect that promotes body relaxation. Its medicinal benefits could possibly treat a variety of conditions including insomnia and depression. Purple Kush may also help to relieve frustrations and mood swings related to Alzheimer’s.

Purple Kush Strain Review

OG Kush (Hybrid Marijuana Strain)

This strain is a powerhouse and is thought to help relieve symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s. Depending on where you get this strain, OG Kush can contain up to 26% THC and around 0-0.3% CBD. It is thought to originate from Chemdawg and Hindu Kush, but this strain has gone through so many evolutions that it is hard to tell. Patients more commonly use OG Kush to treat migraines, ADD/ADHD and stress but it is occasionally recommended to Alzheimer’s patients depending on the level of progression of the condition and the symptoms that the patient is experiencing.

OG Kush Marijuana Strain

Sour Diesel (Sativa Dominant Marijuana Strain)

Sour Diesel is one of those marijuana strains that you’ll find on every list. Sour Diesel, a.k.a. Sour D. is a sativa dominant strain that delivers a fast energizing, relieving impact. It is used for stress, pain, and depression but due to its uplifting effects, it may also have a positive impact on mood swings that are typical with Alzheimer’s.

Sour Diesel Cannabis Strain

Green Crack (Sativa Dominant Marijuana Hybrid)

Green Crack is the ultimate happy strain. Filled with THC goodness of up to 25%, this strain makes you feel better the minute you start to consume it. Its fruity, tropical, citrus flavor and ability to give you a boost of happy energy will make you bounce off the walls. This marijuana strain is great for a down morning or rough day. Please note that this strain stimulates appetite, so get ready to eat plenty.

Green Crack Marijuana Strain

Acapulco Gold (Sativa Dominant Hybrid Marijuana Strain)

One of the worlds most well-known cannabis strains, Acapulco Gold is recommended by most dispensaries as a treatment for several medical conditions including Alzheimer’s. The cannabis strain comes from the areas in and around Acapulco, Mexico. Its orange hairs resemble a gold nugget with gold, green, and brown colors of resin collecting on the buds. Acapulco Gold is known for being one of the best medical cannabis strains, but due to its unique required growing conditions, it is becoming more difficult to find.

Moving Forward with Medical Marijuana for Alzheimer’s Disease

While medical marijuana is thought to be an effective treatment for certain Alzheimer’s conditions, research is still at the early stages. It is important to watch out for generic sativa/indica mixes, as not all strains will be of help. Some marijuana strains can even worsen the condition. The cannabis strain you are using to combat Alzheimer’s MUST have the proper THC/CBD ratio as an improper ratio can aggravate involved brain receptors and may cause harm. Please consult with a marijuana doctor before using medical cannabis for any condition. We are not medical experts and therefore none of this article should be taken as medical advice.

Related Article: Cannabidiol & HIE: Can CBD Help Treat Brain Damage

  1. Christy Kane

    Sour diesel is the right strain for healing Alzheimers. Thanks…

    1. Cindy
      Hi what ratio do u use please (:

      Hi what ratio did u use please

      1. Vernia Holtz
        1 gram every two to three days


        Even I have used sour diesel, just 1 gram every three days, in a vaporizer, to my 65 year old father. He weighs almost 70 Kgs and has responded well to this schedule. We have an MMC for him, I would recommend that if you are planning to go for regular use.

  2. Daziedoodle

    I have just recently been giving my father with Alzheimer’s CBD gel caps without THC…no medical marijuana here in Georgia. I have also started to add the CBD oil in my father’s protein shake in the morning. Before I started giving my father the CBD, he had severely declined…totally disoriented, problems with balance, walking, severe pain in his knees which was really affecting his ability to ambulate without constant watching and assisting him in the bathroom, dressing him, he was in pain and not functioning at a level where he still has some happiness. I was given some cream with THC and I have started to use it on his knees….3 days later, after severe shuffling and needing assistance to walk around the house, this morning, he woke up, got out of his bed, alone, went to the bathroom, and he usually has a drenched overnight absorbent underwear and I have to wash sheets every morning. Today, it was used, but not soaked. Dr. Said the only treatment for him and is was to insert a brain drain, which would not help his dementia/Alzheimer’s. It may stop the swelling on it’s own. His memory has not improved from the CBD, but it has, in my opinion had a very positive effect on my father’s ability to try and communicate, and more importantly, he has able to ambulate without assistance….

    Question: would vaping be an option for using the right strains without “smoking” what he would perceive as an cigarette.

    1. Veron
      Capsules will also help besides smoking

      Yes, vaping will work actually better than smoking, but I’ll do you one better. About 30-40mg of decarboxylated flower, in a capsule 2 times a day will get that THC medicine into the brain areas that it needs. Capsules are easy to fill and it will be better than CBD alone. He manged to absorb some of the THC from the ointment but needs a better stronger dose.

  3. Ann Hugaerts

    Can you tell me please if Sativa Amnesia Haze is good for Alzheimers, has THC gehalte between 18-23% and a low CBD less than 1%) .

  4. Janet Johnson

    One of my loved one’s suffers from Alzheimer’s. It’s very difficult to see someone you love suffer like that and treatment is very scarce. The only thing that seems to have given some relief is Purple Kush, it’s an amazing product. It hasn’t given a cure but it helps to treat some of the awful symptoms.


    My mum has had Alzheimer’s for about 7 yrs now. I am willing to try anything. I am a bit confused what to buy. Can you recommend the right one for her please

    1. Michelle Cohen

      My father has like I was in impairment other than that he is perfectly healthy. Which strain of THC or cannabis or hybrid is suggested for someone with slight cognitive impairment with no other symptoms he is happy cooperative no mood swings all in all all around great. The only thing is he can’t remember what he did yesterday he can remember everything from the past long ago what is your suggestion

  6. Bessie Dawson

    Alzheimer and cannabis is the best match. Can treat worse to the worst situation.

  7. armando andrade

    What is the best ratio to use for Alzheimer’s and amount per day?

    1. Kelly

      Did you ever get an answer or find out any more information on best ratio

  8. Raymonde Farrell

    OG Kush is my pick for Alzheimer’s. I had bad personality disorders, it worked for me. Got relief!

  9. Ruth Reid

    Very well explained. Sour Diesel is a relieving strain that deals with stress and mood swings. It actually works for Alzheimer’s and I can say this with my personal experience

  10. Sam Brax

    Great post and superb marijuana strains.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *