Chemicals found in cannabis could be used to treat crippling stomach conditions, scientists believe.
They hope that some day drugs could be developed from the plant to treat diseases like Crohn’s and Colitis, which affect around 250,000 people in Britain.
Sufferers of the conditions have problems with the linings of the intestines.
Laboratory tests show that two compounds found in cannabis appear to help protect the lining by fighting off cells which attack it.
One of the chemicals involved is responsible for the “high” that people get when they smoke cannabis, scientists said.
The research was carried out by Dr Karen Wright, from Lancaster University, who will present her findings at the winter meeting of the British Pharmacological Society.
December 17, 2009
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