Cannabis in trial to cure teens’ zits
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.