Wednesday, 03 August 2011
The latest scientific research on mice has shown that marijuana affects a receptor that can reduce the consumption of cocaine. This study has led to the suggestion that cocaine anti-addiction drugs will be created using cannabidiol (which is a component of marijuana).
As it turns out, the cannabidiol receptor in the brain can be stimulated using a synthetic drug JWH133, which would not produce a high or a negative experience as marijuana does.
How was this tested? Scientists administered cocaine to mice, who came back to the same area where they were administered as soon as their high wore off. However, when administered JWH133, they had no preference for cocaine.
As Time notes, "this merely adds to the controversy over medical uses of marijuana."
Sounds like fighting fire with fire! What do you think?Image Source