• November 25, 2020

Federal Agency Asks Public to Send Studies On Marijuana And Alzheimer’s Disease

 Federal Agency Asks Public to Send Studies On Marijuana And Alzheimer’s Disease

Following successful studies indicating that cannabis can take a bite out of the opioid epidemic, now the federal government wants the public’s help tracking down studies on the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Officials are specifically interested in how medical marijuana can treat cognitive conditions. 

While cannabis is not a Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment option for Alzheimer’s, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is open to reviewing studies on the effects of cannabinoids, it said in a new notice. It specifies that “medical marijuana” is one of several drugs that are “used for treatment” of clinical Alzheimer’s-type dementia.

in the case of the opioid crisis, several studies have demonstrated positive impacts from cannabis legalization in eradicating the epidemic. The federal government is interested in learning whether similar positive medical benefits can be applied to curbing Alzheimer’s Disease. 

The notice, published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, reveals a level of openness to the therapeutic potential of medical cannabis that’s not especially common among federal agencies.

Its use of the phrase “medical marijuana” is itself noteworthy.

Health and Human Services Sec. Alex Azar, who runs the department of which AHRQ is a part, said earlier this year that there “really is no such thing as medical marijuana.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams delivered the same message this month, saying “there’s no such thing as medical marijuana.”

That said, there have been recent indicators that show the government is at least attempting to increase research into cannabis and its constituent chemicals under the current regulatory framework of prohibition.

There are a number of questions AHRQ listed in the notice—most concerning the effectiveness or harms of “prescription pharmacological interventions” in patients with Alzheimer’s. The agency isn’t requesting that the public directly answer the questions, but says they should be used as a guide for what kind of scientific studies to submit.

One study that could be of interest to AHRQ was published in the journal Aging and Mechanisms of Disease in June. Researchers at the Salk Institute found that cannabis can aid in the cellular removal of a toxic protein that’s associated with Alzheimer’s.

Submissions of relevant studies can be sent to epc@ahrq.hhs.gov by January 17, 2019.

Photo courtesy of Chris Wallis // Side Pocket Images.

Story Source: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/federal-agency-asks-public-to-send-studies-on-marijuana-and-alzheimers-disease/

Peter Marcus

Peter Marcus

Peter Marcus served as the Senior Statehouse Reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette where he co-launched ColoradoPolitics.com, covering politics, the governor’s office, the Colorado Legislature, Congress, and federal, state and local governments. He joined in November 2016 from The Durango Herald. The Washington Post twice named Marcus one of the top state-based political and legislative reporters in the nation. He also has won over a dozen awards from the Colorado Press Association. In prior positions, Marcus worked for the Colorado Statesman, a Denver-based political weekly, and The Denver Daily News, a former free daily newspaper in Denver, where he covered City Hall, politics, and had an entertainment column. Before that, Marcus worked for the Longmont Times-Call. An Ithaca College graduate, Marcus studied journalism and creative writing, before moving to Colorado from New York in 2004.

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