Benefits Of Marijuana Mimicked; Nerve Agents Stimulated Cannabinoid Receptors In Mice, Offering Pain Relief Without Side Effects, University of California, Berkeley (CAL) and The Scripps Research Institute Study

Published: Apr 28, 2008

The Guardian -- A way has been found to mimic marijuana's relief of pain and anxiety, which could lead to drugs giving the same medical effect without disorienting side effects or raising questions of legality. Researchers at the University of California found that by blocking breakdown of these two, they could mimic marijuana's soothing effects without its side effect of impairing thinking. In the journal Nature Chemical Biology, they showed that judicious doses of organophosphorus nerve agents caused levels of anandamide and 2-AG to rise 10-fold, and suggest this could lead to drugs which work by boosting the body's natural painkillers. (Nature Chemical Biology)

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