By Vincent Fortanasce M.D. Board-Certified Neurologist
We know that chronic users of marijuana in particular (TCH) have reduced volume in the hippocampus, the region of the brain primarily responsible for memory and learning.
In Alzheimer’s disease we have observed reduced hippocampus volume with increased B-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. We see the same problems with memory in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and chronic/heavy cannabis users. It is plausible that with the heavy use of high potency cannabis combined with poor diet, lack of exercise, and lack of sleep that we may very well be creating a new perfect storm for Alzheimer’s disease.