Cannabis in trial to cure teens’ zits

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

TEENAGERS won’t just be smok­ing pot on the sly in the fu­ture, they could be smear­ing it on their faces to cure zits.

Aussie com­pany Botanix is de­vel­op­ing the first new acne treat­ment in 20 years that aims to fight pim­ples us­ing a syn­thetic ver­sion of cannabid­iol.

But it won’t get teens high be­cause it uses the nonpsy­chotropic mol­e­cules of cannabis.

Botanix re­ported to the Aus­tralian Stock Ex­change yes­ter­day about its first safety study of the cannabis com­pound BTX 1503 on hu­mans.

The study found the com­pound “has an ex­cel­lent safety pro­file, with lit­tle to no skin ir­ri­ta­tion and no se­vere ad­verse events were recorded”. The most com­mon ad­verse ef­fect was skin dryness.

Botanix ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Matthew Cal­la­han said phase two of clin­i­cal tri­als would be­gin on acne pa­tients in Aus­tralia in the next few months.

Ex­ist­ing acne treat­ments in­volve an­tibi­otics and a drug called Roac­cu­tane which has been linked to birth de­fects and in the US re­quires users to be put on sui­cide watch.

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