#CANNABI­NOIDS

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CANNABIS VS CAN­CER

Cannabid­iol, or CBD, one of the main com­po­nents of the cannabis plant, may help to ex­tend the lives of pan­cre­atic can­cer pa­tients that are un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy, a study at Queen Mary Uni­ver­sity has found. Pa­tients treated with the drug lived up to three times longer than those who fol­lowed more con­ven­tional treatments. The drug seems to block the ac­tion of a pro­tein called GPR55, a ma­jor driver of many types of pan­cre­atic can­cer, the re­searchers say.

THC EASES AG­I­TA­TION IN ALZHEIMER’S

One of the most dis­tress­ing symp­toms felt by Alzheimer’s pa­tients is the ag­i­ta­tion as a re­sult of con­fu­sion and dis­ori­en­ta­tion. Now, re­searchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto have found that nabilone, a syn­thetic drug sim­i­lar to THC – the psy­choac­tive com­pound found in cannabis – sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved feel­ings of ag­i­ta­tion in 39 dementia pa­tients over a six-week trial.

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