Research Is Opening New Avenues for Marijuana as medicine

  • Posted on: 18 November 2017
  • By: Rebeca

medical marijuana is a new field of study for the scientists and healthcare professionals who are viewing it as a medicine since the time synthetic cannabinoids have been created and its uses were explored. Scientists are showing extreme interest in finding health effects of these synthetic products and are curious to know how these products act on human brain cells to cause certain conditions. New research has been able to provide elaborated view into the structure of the human cannabinoids (CB1) receptor. The research studies provide significant understandings into how naturally existing and synthesized cannabinoids bind at the CB1 receptor.

The purpose of research
The main purpose behind this research is to ascertain the possible use of marijuana and its constituent cannabinoid compounds - Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) as medicinal marijuana. CB1 receptor-targeting molecules are anticipated to treat a variety of conditions such as pain, inflammation, nerve cell disease, obesity, and substance use syndromes. Some synthetic cannabinoids such as K2 or Spice can cause critical and fatal reactions. Outcomes from cannabinoids are different and it depends how they fix to the CB1 receptor. This is the view of the director of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The purpose is to design new medications by insights how these chemicals fix to the CB1 receptor that provide awareness about the medicine’s matching with the body’s cannabinoid system.
Outcome of the research
Researchers were able to envisage how cannabinoids would be fitting into the 3D model of CB1 and to determine how long each cannabinoid fixed to the CB1 receptor which provided clues into mechanisms that cause longer-lasting effects. The outcome of research study is a positive sign of the possible use of synthetic cannabinoids as medicinal cannabis. The research is a continuing process and more positive results are anticipated with future research. The research will open new avenues for the use of marijuana and its constituents for medicinal use.