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The Pharmaceuticalization of the Marijuana Plant PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 September 2006
Active Image As the medical properties of marijuana become more accepted, the rush to synthesize specific cannabinoids and declare scientific discovery becomes greater. Scientists are now proving what patients have been saying for eons. Marijuana is medicine! 

Researchers at the University Health Center in San Antonio recently discovered that a synthetic version of cannabinoid chemicals block the heat nerve pathway in the body. In other words, yes, marijuana can be a potent pain reliever. Should you have any doubts check the stories of some chronic pain patients and see for yourself the tremendous relief they experience from medical marijuana in its natural form. See Patient Profiles

In a rather bizarre twist, a cannabinoid based drug called (Rimonabant) has been developed to control obesity and is currently being marketed in Europe. Based on the knowledge that marijuana stimulates ones appetite by binding to a particular receptor site in the brain (CB1), Rimonabant was developed to block that receptor site, rendering one "without munchies."

While Johns Hopkins scientists are studying compounds that would prevent the psychoactive effect of marijuana, researchers in Spain are exploring cannabinoids' potential for inhibiting cancer cell growth and trigger cell death.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 September 2006 )
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