Cannabis & Covid-19: The Answer?

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Cannabis extracts are showing potential in making people more resistant to the novel coronavirus, says an Alberta researcher leading a study.

After sifting through 400 cannabis strains, researchers at the University of Lethbridge are concentrating on about a dozen that show promising results in ensuring less fertile ground for the potentially lethal virus to take root, said biological scientist Dr. Igor Kovalchuk.

“A number of them have reduced the number of these (virus) receptors by 73 percent, the chance of it getting in is much lower,” said Kovalchuk. “If they can reduce the number of receptors, there’s much less chance of getting infected.” Employing cannabis sativa strains over the past three months, the researcher said the effective balance between cannabis components THC and CBD — the latter more typically associated with medical use — is still unclear in blocking the novel coronavirus.

“It will take a long time to find what the active ingredient is — there may be many,” said Kovalchuk, whose Pathway RX is owned partly by Olds-based licensed cannabis producer Sundial Growers and partnered with Alberta cannabis researcher Swysh.

But it’s generally the anti-inflammatory properties of high-CBD content that have shown the most promise, he added. “We focus more on the higher CBD because people can take higher doses and not be impaired,” said Kovalchuk. The study under Health Canada licence using artificial human 3-D tissue models has been seeking ways to hinder the highly contagious novel coronavirus from finding a host in the lungs, intestines, and oral cavity.

If successful, the work could find practical medical use in the form of mouth wash, gargle, inhalants or gel caps, said Kovalchuk. “It would be cheaper for people and have a lot fewer side-effects,” he said. But the absence of clinical trials remains a barrier, and funding from an increasingly cash-strapped cannabis industry isn’t there to fuel that, said Kovalchuk. “We have clinicians who are willing to work with us but for a lot of companies in the cannabis business, it’s significant cash that they can’t afford,” he said.

The scientist emphasized the findings wouldn’t lead to a vaccine — something “less specific and precise” but nonetheless another possible weapon against COVID-19. The extracts of our most successful and novel high CBD C sativa lines, pending further investigation, may become a useful and safe addition to the treatment of COVID-19 as an adjunct therapy,” said Kovalchuk. “Given the current dire and rapidly evolving epidemiological situation, every possible therapeutic opportunity and avenue must be considered.”

Israeli researchers have begun clinical trials of CBD as a treatment to repair cells damaged by COVID-19 by using its anti-inflammatory abilities. It’s thought CBD could enhance the traditional effect of steroids in such treatment of patients in life-threatening condition and also bolster the immune system. It’s the kind of research and his own that deserves government support in Canada, whose federal government has pledged $1.1 billion in funding for COVID-19 research said the U of L scientist.

“Our work could have a huge influence — there aren’t many drugs that have the potential of reducing infection by 70 to 80 percent,” he said.

Considering Medicinal Cannabis?

Are you seeking Medicinal Cannabis? Loving Home Care Services is pleased to be partnered with Apollo Cannabis & Spectrum Therapeutics – a medical division of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED.TO) – as Canada’s first home health care provider to provide online access, education and support for ageing adults, seniors and immediate family members. If you or a loved one is interested in accessing medicinal cannabis, please visit lovinghomecareservices.com to learn more. Alternatively, click on the Apollo Cannabis Clinic logo on our home page to be forwarded on how-to steps and more!

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Seniors Fastest Growing Group Of Cannabis Users

LovingHomeCareServices-Cannabis-For-Seniors-2-scaled.jpegAccording to the recently published third quarter of the National Cannabis Survey released by Statistics Canada, Seniors aged 65 years and older are the age group showing the most growth in cannabis usage. The results reported in the survey show that during the second and third quarters of 2019, there were approximately 578,000 new cannabis users (users who reported trying cannabis for the first time in the past three months). These data show that today there are 10 times more seniors using cannabis compared to 2012, when only 40,000 seniors reported using cannabis.

Interestingly, the results of the survey also demonstrated that first-time cannabis use increases with age. Approximately 10% of cannabis users aged 25 to 44 were new users, compared to (27%) of cannabis consumers aged 65 and older.

Earlier this year, the Cambridge Council on Aging hosted an expert panel to address significant knowledge gaps regarding the risks and benefits of cannabis for older adults who are taking other medication. In January 2019, Sharon Livingtsone, chair of the council, had already pointed out that cannabis use was becoming more common among older adults.

The survey data also reveals that about half of the older cannabis users consumed cannabis for medical reasons, with the remaining seniors categorizing their consumption as recreational use (24%) and both medical and non-medical reasons (24%). Moreover, seniors were more likely to buy their cannabis from legal sources. The report states that approximately 28% of cannabis users (1.4 million Canadians) reported obtaining the cannabis they consumed from a legal source, and consumers aged 65 years and older (41% of users) being the most likely to use only legally-obtained cannabis, compared with about one-quarter of younger consumers (23% to 29%).

Considering Medicinal Cannabis?

Are you seeking Medicinal Cannabis? Loving Home Care Services is pleased to be partnered with Apollo Cannabis & Spectrum Therapeutics – a medical division of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED.TO) – as Canada’s first home health care provider to provide online access, education and support for ageing adults, seniors and immediate family members. If you or a loved one is interested in accessing medicinal cannabis, please visit lovinghomecareservices.com to learn more. Alternatively, click on the Apollo Cannabis Clinic logo on our home page to be forwarded on how-to steps and more!

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Home – What Does It Mean To You? (Video)

Home isn’t just a place – it evokes years of feelings and memories. What does home mean to you?

It is cliché but maybe the sooner we can all realize that we are all in this together is the day we can begin to understand life and the course that it really takes. But there is always one thing that we will all have in common… and that is we all want to feel safe and comfortable in our homes. Our shelter. Our safe place. Our love. View our video below and we hope you enjoy it. And if you do, please share with your friends, family and social media.

Stay home. Stay healthy. We are all in this together.

‘Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.’ ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

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4 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

LovingHomeCareServices-4-Ways-To-Lower-Your-Risk-of-Alzheimers-DiseaseNext to a diagnosis of cancer, perhaps the most feared diagnosis many people carry in the back of their minds is Alzheimer’s Disease. You may also know it as Alzheimer’s Dementia.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Disease affects 5.8 million Americans as of 2019.  This is across all age groups.  Approximately 200,000 are under the age of 65 with what is labelled as Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease.  From the original number of 5.8 million diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, an astounding 81% of them are aged 75 and up.

In comparison, people ages 65-74 only make up about 3% of the statistics.  The population of Americans reaching age 75 will increase from 55 million to 88 million by 2050. That makes for staggering numbers and a reasonable concern for your elder years.  However, some of the markers begin to show themselves in the brain as much as 20 years before diagnosis. Thus, taking steps to decrease your risk only makes sense.  A neurologist explains four ways to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.

WHAT IS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?

Alzheimer’s has become almost synonymous with ageing that people may forget that it is not a normal part of ageing. Also, dementia is not the same as Alzheimer’s.  Dementia is a symptom of Alzheimer’s, or it can stand alone as its disease.

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease. Furthermore, it begins its battle on your brain upwards of 20 years or more before you have significant symptoms.  During that time, our brain can compensate for the gradual deterioration until the damage has become severe enough that symptoms such as lack of memory or language difficulties occur.

HOW ALZHEIMER’S DESTROYS THE BRAIN

Our brain transfers information via neurons and branches of the neurons with synapses used to connect them all together.  The data is like a spark of static electricity from one neuron to another neuron.  This process is what allows for our memory, thoughts, sensations, skills, emotions, and motion.   With Alzheimer’s disease, two proteins attach themselves to the neurons.

Beta-amyloid plaques attach to the outside of the neurons.  They are believed to cause cell death by preventing the neurons from being able to communicate with each other at the synapses.

The second protein is called tau tangles, and it attaches to the inside of the neurons. It is believed to essentially create the starvation of the neurons by blocking the ability of nutrients and other molecules to get in.

As the beta-amyloid plaques increase to such a high level, they push the tau tangles to spread throughout the brain.  This then triggers the microglia in the brain.  Microglia are designed to rid the body of toxins and are the janitors of the dead cells.  An abundance of the two proteins become viewed as a toxin, creating inflammation as a response from the microglia attempting to decrease their numbers.  As the microglia is overwhelmed, more brain cells die off, and the brain begins to atrophy.  At the same time, the brain is unable to use glucose, which is its primary energy source, furthering the damage.

This decline continues as the plaques and tangles spread to include the various function of the brain.  It can affect the person’s personality, create confusion, noticeable memory loss, including time and place, depression, and eventually, in the final stages, semi-automated body functions begin to fail.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can be similar to normal ageing mental decline except to a much higher degree.  It is not unusual for anyone to forget where they placed something.  The difference is that an average person will be able to retrace their steps that day and find the lost item.  An Alzheimer’s patient will have no recollection of their day at all.  Here are some of the other symptoms of Alzheimer’s:

1 – A SIGNIFICANT DECLINE IN MEMORY.

An individual with Alzheimer’s will have difficulty remembering new information, dates, events, or needing a constant repeat of other information that typically they were capable of handling.  You may find them write themselves notes. Or, they might need friends and family to remind them about normal daily things.

2 – A DECREASED APTITUDE FOR PROBLEM-SOLVING

Problem-solving, working within a plan, or ability to work with numbers decrease. Suddenly they have problems paying bills, doing simple math, counting money, or figuring out how to double a recipe.

3 – TIME AND PLACE ARE CONFUSING.

They begin to lose track of seasons, dates, or how much time has passed.  For example, they may go for a walk and not realize how much time has passed. Nor will they recall why they are where they are.  In fact, they may not even recognize where they are and become lost altogether.

4 – SIGHT AND SPATIAL AWARENESS DECLINES.

They may have difficulty reading, identifying colours, and judging depth or distance.

5 – COMMUNICATING AND VOCABULARY BECOME DIFFICULT.

They may be unable to find the right words often or substitute other phrases to represent an everyday item.  They may start a conversation and then forget what they were saying or stop talking as if they didn’t remember they were speaking.

6 – LESS HYGIENIC AND DISPLAYS JUDGMENT IMPAIRMENT.

More susceptible to buying sprees or telemarketers. They become forgetful about bathing, brushing, and flossing, or other self-care habits.

7 – SOCIAL ACTIVITIES DECLINE.

As they become more aware of their deficiencies, they begin to withdraw from family and friends.  They are no longer able to follow conversations, TV shows, and do their hobbies.

8 – PERSONALITY BEGINS TO CHANGE.

As their world becomes more of a scary place, they become overly suspicious, hostile, angry, and confused.

WHAT ARE FOUR WAYS TO LOWER YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?

study recently published in “Alzheimer’s and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.” provides hope towards the potential improvement of brain functions and a decrease in Alzheimer’s symptoms within 18 months of following a specified plan.  This plan involves diet, exercise, and doing cognitive exercises.

The study was organized and written by Dr. Robert Issacson, a founder of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical Center. He and his research staff conducted a study by asking clients of his to volunteer.   They had 154 patients between the ages of 25-86 volunteer.

These patients were non-symptomatic but had a history of Alzheimer’s in their family. And, they already showed a decline in cognitive function on specific tests but not any clinical symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s.  Thirty-five of the volunteers displayed the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s or Mild Cognitive impairment.  MCI means they show strong signs of cognitive difficulties that have not reached a level of daily impairment.

All of the volunteers underwent a battery of family health questions,  medical, and cognitive testing to ascertain a total healthy picture as well as determine if they were displaying cognitive impairment leaning toward Alzheimer’s.  Those who did display cognitive impairment, in some degree, underwent further evaluations.

Researchers gave each of the members a personalized, specialized list of 21 activities to follow.  An emphasis was placed on nutrition and physical activity, yet that portion of the plan was designed specifically for each individual.  Some of the details on the list that the group monitored was:

THE STUDY’S RESULTS

The results were impressive.  The individuals diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment who followed at least 12 of the 21 activities demonstrated an improvement in memory and thinking skills 18 months later.

For those with MCI who did not follow at least 60% or 12 of the 21 activities, they showed no improvement and declined in memory and thinking.

The individuals who had a family predisposition to Alzheimer’s but were not displaying any symptoms also had marked improvement regardless if they did 60% or less of the list.

The medical field has already been doing studies to attempt to ascertain the role nutrient or diet and exercise may play on Alzheimer’s, but this is the first study to personalize the diet and exercise per the patient’s health needs or difficulties.   The other two factors which this study ruled as being critical toward the delay of Alzheimer’s are sleep and learning something new.

This study may not be a cure, but it does point to a method to decrease the cognitive decline during those 20 plus years before the sharp onset of symptoms.

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