Cannabis 'could prevent mad cow disease'

By Heretic.Ape. · Sep 17, 2007 · ·
  1. Heretic.Ape.
    Cannabis 'could prevent mad cow disease'

    A pro-cannabis lobby group says an ingredient in cannabis may prevent mad cow disease.
    The National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Norml) says a French study shows cannabidiol may be effective in preventing bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as mad cow disease.
    Scientists at the National Centre for Scientific Research in France found cannabidiol - a non-psychoactive ingredient - may prevent the development of prion diseases, the most well known of which is BSE.
    Researchers found cannabidiol inhibited the accumulation of prion proteins in infected mice and sheep.
    Norml spokesman Chris Fowlie said the discovery added to the scientific evidence supporting Green MP Metiria Turei's bill to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis.
    "[It] should be supported by any MP with a clear head. Unfortunately most politicians act like mad cows whenever cannabis is mentioned," Mr Fowlie said.

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  1. Zaprenz
    It is psychoactive, just not in the traditional sense of THC.

    Very interesting article.
  2. Alicia
    It is, like so many other sources of possible medical cannabis and what they can help with, shame ignorance comes into play in a big way for those who supposidly know best.
  3. psyche
    This is a bit lame pro-cannabis argument. Do you have any idea how rare mad cow disease is, let alon that, I think it hasn't been proven to be able to transfer via eating contaminated meat. But don't take my word for the latter part.
  4. Nature Boy
    It is however, a good example of the medicinal versatility of cannabis. If cannabis was used internationally as a legitimate medicine, who knows the possibilites they could come up with being able to experiment with it legally.
  5. Joe Duffy
  6. old hippie 56
    Cows love the taste of cannabis, swim lost a crop a few years back to them. Would be a interesting study. No matter how lame it is, the more the better.
  7. Joe Duffy
    ^^^ Were they dairy cattle, it would be interesting to see what kind of milk they would produce?
  8. grandbaby
    Green milk for St. Patrick's Day, everyone!
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