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Just because a drug is derived from a plant that can not be patented doesn't mean the drug cant be patented. For example : GW Pharmaceuticals is a British biopharmaceutical company known for its multiple sclerosis treatment product Sativex®. Stop with the pro weed propaganda.
a reply to: Boadicea
Take the following with a grain of salt, but I've read and heard that tobacco doesn't cause lung cancer either, that the original studies were flawed and/or compromised for a political result, and that these studies on cannabis may prove the same about tobacco. Or that the tobacco itself doesn't cause lung cancer, but the many chemicals added to cigarettes cause the lung cancer.
originally posted by: intergalactic fire
a reply to: TrueBrit
Also thought about that yes. In a couple hours there will be a new press release, let's wait and see.
On another note.
Shouldn't there be any previous tests, like non-human related? They talk about the different phases but not about preliminary animal trials. Well i'm against animals testing btw (that's another topic) but isn't this a standard procedure?
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: svetlana84
No, it works on the same system that cannabis does, not necessarily that it is derived from cannabis. There is a difference.
But even so, if they are using something they derived from cannabis, it wouldn't necessarily have anything to do with how cannabis itself acts in any direct fashion. If they noticed that weed helps people deal with the pain, they might have been seeking the reasons why, either by discovering what systems in the body weed acts on or by studying what compounds in weed act to produce the effect.
They might have been looking to strengthen the effect to make a better painkiller one way or another or to isolate it. Not everyone wants to kill pain while also getting high. I used to hate the side effects of opiates for example.
originally posted by: Nexttimemaybe
The government has said it wasn't a cannabis based pain killer, so enough said on that matter.
As far as I'm aware, apart from lung cancer from smoking, cannabis has never killed anyone.
A man who was left brain dead after suffering serious side effects during a drug trial in north-west France has died, according to the hospital that had been treating him.
Five other volunteers, hospitalised a week ago when the drug trial went wrong, were in a stable condition, the Rennes hospital said in a statement on Sunday.