Skip to comments.Cannabis-based drugs might relieve bowel disease
Posted on 08/13/2005 12:00:36 PM PDT by traumer
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Derivatives of the active compound in cannabis -- cannabinoids -- may have the potential for treating inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, UK researchers report.
"The system that responds to cannabis in the brain is present and functioning in the lining of the gut," lead researcher Dr. Karen Wright, of the University of Bath, explained to Reuters Health. "There is an increased presence of one component of this system during inflammatory bowel diseases," she explained.
Wright and her colleagues established the location of cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 in human colon tissue, and used human colon cell lines to investigate the binding of cannabinoid compounds and in wound-healing experiments. They report their findings in the journal Gastroenterology
The team found that CB2 was increased in colonic tissue characteristic of inflammatory bowel disease. Cannabinoids enhanced surface wound closure via CB1-related mechanisms.
"Cannabinoids, which we make ourselves, as well as synthetic cannabinoids, can promote wound healing in the gut, which is extremely interesting given that inflammatory bowel disease involves damaged gut linings," Wright said.
Although results are available yet, she added, relevant studies of the use of cannabinoids are taking place in the UK and a clinical trial is being conducted in Germany.
Does this require ingesting the stuff? Sounds foul...
Anything to promote dope and more dopes.
cannibis colonic cocktail?
"Wow! That's some good s%$#, man!"
Hmmmm.... Legalizing marijuana might solve our health care problems?
Well, it would be better than socialized medicine.
Yeah, but don't tell the Liberal Christian Fundamentalists in this country that want more government intrusion into our personal lives.
"Anything to promote dope and more dopes."
So, even if the medical research bears the claim out, you'll dismiss it as some sort of covert propaganda?
The bizarre hatred some people have of pot confuses me.
I don't know what the testing will show, and I'm skeptical until they can produce some sort of data, but I don't dismiss anything out of hand.
Time to change the old recipe from brownies to bran muffins...
The problem is that LEGITIMTE medical research does NOT bear this out ... as I said, anything to promote dope and more dopes.
With every disease that comes down the turnpike, someone claims a joint is the cure all.
So legalize a dangerous drug to treat something that can already be taken care of with existing medications? No thanks. Plus there's an element of class warfare here. Replacing commercial drugs that pharmaceutical companies worked hard to develop, with something that's cheap and unpatented.
I think you have been asked -- so what? Can you imagine the effect if they were to declare the WOD over? Overnight, the cartels would collapse, crime would reduce at least 50%, and no one's life would be any the worse.
Arresting someone for smoking a little doob' in the privacy of their own home has got to be the worst possible use of public funds.
This requires it to be administrated by a rectal enema of course?!
I guess that explains all of the freepers in favor of eliminating the War On (some) Drugs.
They must all be evil LIBERALS!
Maybe you should look at the history of why pot was criminalized in the first place.
Ahhh yes, the fabled high colonic. This might be a wonderful adjunct to the fabled coffee enema.
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