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CBD Oil For Dementia And Memory

CBD is a natural compound produced by the cannabis plant and hemp.  Unlike the well-known cannabinoid THC which has strong psychoactive effects, CBD does not have euphoric effects and will not make someone feel “high.”  CBD may make you feel relaxed, relieve pain, and act as a sleep aid.

CBD Treatment For Dementia And Alzheimers

CBD has been federally legal since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill so it is legal to purchase and consume for whatever purpose you decide.  However, CBD is not approved by the FDA for treating memory loss due to dementia or Alzheimers.  Consumers should be wary of any supplier that makes claims that CBD can treat or cure dementia or Alzheimers.

CBD Brain Aging Clinical Trial

While there is no definitive finding that CBD is beneficial to memory during the aging process, CBD does have anti-inflammatory benefits that have lead researchers to believe that CBD may pose some benefit for memory and slow brain aging. The clinical trial in this article aims to test a THC: CBD mixture to see if it has benefits for memory loss in an elderly population.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil

CBD oil is the most commonly consumed form of CBD. CBD oils are made by extracting CBD from cannabis plants and then diluting that CBD extract into an inert carrier oil like coconut oil or hemp oil. There are three different types of CBD oil you’re likely to come across when choosing a CBD product.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Full spectrum products contain the full cannabinoid profile that exists in the plant at the time of extraction.  Full spectrum products are likely to contain low levels of the cannabinoids THC, CBG, and CBC. It has been shown in several studies that full spectrum products containing both CBD and low levels of THC are the most beneficial for a range of conditions. Even though full spectrum products contain the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, they are not likely to cause individuals to feel high or euphoric.

Broad Spectrum CBD Oil

Broad spectrum products contain the full spectrum of hemp cannabinoids without THC content. Broad spectrum CBD oil is generally considered to be less effective than full spectrum CBD products but may be a better choice for individuals who are concerned about the possibility of failing a drug test for THC.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is pure cannabidiol. Several studies have found that pure CBD is considerably less effective for a range of conditions when compared to broad spectrum and full spectrum products. Cannabinoids like CBD, CBG and CBC appear to help potentiate each other’s benefits. When taken together, they lengthen and strengthen the effects of each other. This is known as the cannabis entourage effect.

CBD Oil Dementia Clinical Trial

This clinical trial will provide science-based answers to health questions about CBD benefits for brain aging and dementia.

  • learn why CBD is a promising treatment for dementia
  • know exactly how CBD helps protect the brain from aging and dementia
  • discover the CBD oil dosage being tested and side effects
  • find out how this powerful nonintoxicating compound can benefit you

If you don’t find an answer in this guide to a question you have, leave us a comment below. We’ll search the published studies to see if an answer exists and get back to you.

Let’s get started.

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Published February 2019

Clinical Trial Summary

  • This study will test the safety of a cannabis-based oil with a THC:CBD ratio of 3:2 (3 parts THC to 2 parts CBD).
  • The study will test CBD benefits for dementia by assessing effects on dementia behavior symptoms, quality of life, and pain relief (1).

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Clinical Trial Method

  • 18 week, randomized, double-blind crossover trial
  • 2-week eligibility period
  • two 6-week treatment cycles
  • two 2-week washout periods (2)

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Clinical Trial Participants

  • 50 participants with dementia
  • currently living in a residential care facility (3)

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Clinical Trial Evaluation

Data will be collected on 7 occasions for the following assessments:

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Do you struggle with chronic pain or know someone who does? Patients over 50 with chronic pain symptoms have quality sleep and wake up less during the night.  See the full study here.

Video: Care for the elderly with cannabinoids

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Keywords: PainBehavioural and neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia (BPSD); Crossover trial; Dementia; Medicinal cannabis; Quality of life



Timler A, Bulsara C, Bulsara M, Vickery A, Smith J, Codde J. Use of cannabinoid-based medicine among older residential care recipients diagnosed with dementia: study protocol for a double-blind randomised crossover trial. Trials. 2020;21(1):188. Published 2020 Feb 14. doi:10.1186/s13063-020-4085-x

Study Authors

Timler A

Institute for Health Research, University of Notre Dame Australia

Bulsara C

Institute for Health Research, University of Notre Dame Australia

Bulsara M

Institute for Health Research, University of Notre Dame Australia

Vickery A

Emerald Clinics, Perth

Smith J

Institute for Health Research, University of Notre Dame Australia

Codde J

 Institute for Health Research, University of Notre Dame Australia

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