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Soon, Cannabis Drug That Eases Pain Without Hurting the Memory

by VR Sreeraman on March 3, 2012 at 4:52 PM
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 Soon, Cannabis Drug That Eases Pain Without Hurting the Memory

New findings by the scientists have raised the possibility of designing a cannabis drug in the future that can treat pain and seizures without causing memory loss.

Marijuana is commonly used for pain relief in many US states, but has regrettable side-effects such as making you forgetful.

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Now scientists have pinpointed the part of the brain where the drug hinders working memory and discovered it is a separate area to where it has a medicinal effect.

They say the findings raise the possibility that they could design a cannabis drug that is able to treat pain and seizures without hurting the memory.
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The team, led by Giovanni Marsciano from the French biomedical institution INSERM, found that marijuana eased pain via the neurons in the brain.

In a study on mice, the researchers looked at how their brain cell receptors reacted to the main psychoactive ingredient (THC), found in marijuana.

Source: IANS
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