Company Behind CBD-Based Drug Leads Way Despite Trump, Economic Fears
Having expressed understandable apprehension due to recent political events in the U.S. and Britain (i.e. Trump’s election and Brexit), London-based GW Pharmaceuticals announced on Monday that they suffered a 62 percent revenue drop for 2016.
However, things turned around quickly.
GW’s stock jumped 5.5 percent on the first day of the new trading week, right after the company announced positive results for one of its flagship therapies, Epidiolex. This cannabidiol-based drug treats two of the most difficult-to-treat forms of epilepsy, especially in children: Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.
“We are making very good progress toward a NDA [UK’s equivalent of the FDA] submission to the FDA, as well as preparations for commercial launch and look forward to the opportunity to make this important new medicine available to patients as quickly as possible,” said Justin Glover, GW’s Chief Executive Officer, on the company’s website.
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A Marijuana Pill, For Concussions?
As it happens, CBD—cannabidiol, one of the many active compounds in the cannabis plant—is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. There are numerous former football players who swear by CBD as a tonic for football-related injuries, including head trauma.
It follows, then, that a drug containing CBD ought to do something for concussions, maybe even something as simple as a marijuana-derived pill.
Researchers Concerned About Lack of Info on Pot Use by Older Adults
DENVER (AP) — Surveys show a small but growing number of older adults are using marijuana – a trend that worries researchers who say not enough information exists about how pot affects older users.
Abundant research has been done on how the drug impacts developing brains, but little is known about the potential consequences on older users – even as recreation pot has been legalized in a number of states.
Researchers at New York University say pot could pose health challenges to older users ranging from memory loss to risk of falling.
The researchers reviewed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and found a big increase in adults over 50 reporting they had used pot in the past year.
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Puff Puff Pass: The Tale of THC
Why do people smoke pot recreationally? The most obvious answer is to get high.
But what does it mean to be high? Being high on marijuana has been described as feeling “…euphoria, relaxation and changes in perception,” often accompanied by an inexplicable fascination for colorful images and psychedelic fractals.
We do it because it’s fun, but have you ever considered what “being high” means on a physical/chemical scale? What is happening to our brains when we smoke the devil’s lettuce? Let’s take a journey into the body—and follow the ever famous THC molecule.
We start our journey on the fruit of the cannabis plant, the part that we smoke. Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) exists both inside the plant, as well as on the surface in crystal structures known as trichomes. You may think this is the molecule that gets us high; you would be mistaken. THCA is an inactive form of the molecule, it does nothing for us psychotropically speaking.
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