April 28, 2008

Benefits of marijuana mimicked

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.

Marijuana's active ingredient, THC, stimulates a receptor in brain cells called CB1 which is also activated, to a much lesser degree, by chemicals, anandamide and 2-AG, our bodies produce naturally.

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