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.