There is an article recently posted about a comedian making fun of Ronald Reagan’s Alzheimer’s Disease.

Patti Davis, the daughter of the late President Ronald Reagan, published an open letter to actor and comedian Will Ferrell criticizing him for his upcoming role portraying her father suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Davis wrote to Ferrell, “Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous.”She recounted the fear she saw in her father’s eyes and the trembling in his voice, as the disease overtook him.

And then we have this government report about the possible effects of cannabis on Alzheimer’s Disease.

At the treatment concentrations, no toxicity was observed and the CB1 receptor was not significantly upregulated. Additionally, low doses of THC can enhance mitochondria function and does not inhibit melatonin’s enhancement of mitochondria function. These sets of data strongly suggest that THC could be a potential therapeutic treatment option for Alzheimer’s disease through multiple functions and pathways.

Anecdotally people are already using cannabis to good effect against Alzheimer’s.

But before we get to anecdotes we have another research report.

New research published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease finds that administering cannabis extracts containing THC to Alzheimer’s patients helped relieve various symptoms of dementia, including agitation, aggression, apathy and delusions.

The small trial conducted by Israeli researchers studied 11 Alzheimer’s patients who were given medical cannabis oil containing THC over the course of four weeks. Of the 10 patients that completed the trial, researchers recorded “significant reduction” in behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Researchers concluded that “adding medical cannabis oil to Alzheimer’s disease patients’ pharmacotherapy is a safe and promising treatment option.”

And one other thing. What is Alzheimer’s costing us?

During 2015, $226 billion was spent directly for AD care giving and medical expenses, of which well over half was covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are worsening epidemics, and the pharmaceutical industry has not provided real hope. One has to go outside of mainstream medicine’s pharmacopoeia to slow or reverse dementia and Alzheimer’s or other neurodegenerative diseases such as MS and Parkinson’s.

Here is an anecdote about how a woman treated her mother.

And finally: It is funny don’t you think? Reagan lost his mind to the War On Drugs.