In the medical field today one of the most common medications prescribed to help with pain relief is opioids. While opioids are extremely effective in blocking pain the patient feels, a downside is the high risk of addiction. According to The National Institution on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people in the US die of an opioid overdose each day.
With the issue of opioid abuse rising, medical professionals are under more pressure than ever to find an alternative pain reliever. Professor Tariq Akhtar from the department of molecular and cellular biology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada believes that cannabis could be the answer.
In the 1980s, scientists discovered two cannabis molecules which have been shown to reduce inflammation almost 30 times better than aspirin. According to Prof. Akhtar, “The molecules are non-psychoactive and they target the inflammation at the source, making them ideal painkillers.” Since their discovery in the 1980s research progress has been slow due to regulatory laws. With cannabis now normalized, and even legal in some places, including Canada, the research team at the University of Guelph is now able to investigate the molecule making process.
The research team has been able to determine the plant genes necessary to produce the two molecules. In the hope of finding a way to “engineer large quantities” of these molecules, the researchers have teamed up with the company Anahit International Corporation. Their end goal is to create an alternative to non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. If they are successful, the best part is that the pain relief will come without an addiction risk.
Overall the direction of the medical industry is trying to steer away from opioids and other drugs with possible serious side effects. While the focus of the researchers at The University of Guelph is to produce a product for humans, it is probable to believe that an animal product will also result out of their work.
All information retrieved from, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325936.php
Posted by: BP, Smart Hemp CBD
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