Peter Dunne reckons there is no market for medicinal cannabis.
He might well be right given the very few products that currently exist. But as something becomes legal that was once illegal it opens up all sorts of now legal product testing and creation.
Cannabis could help the body accept foreign organs during transplant operations, scientists have discovered.
The active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, may help delay the rejection of incompatible organs.
It may, therefore, prove useful as an anti-rejection therapy, particularly in situations where transplanted organs may not be a perfect match.
However, researchers at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, do not advise transplant patients self-medicate with cannabis, and added people should only take the drug in compliance with all local, state and federal laws.
Dr Mitzi Nagarkatti, one of the researchers on the study, said: ‘We are excited to demonstrate for the first time, that cannabinoid receptors play an important role in the prolongation of rejection of a foreign graft by suppressing immune response in the recipient.
‘This opens up a new area of research that would lead to better approaches to prevent transplant rejection, as well as to treat other inflammatory diseases.’ Read more »