LOS ANGELES: A synthetic version of the active ingredient in marijuana, a legal treatment for nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, also helps symptoms like pain, anxiety and depression, according to research presented on Friday.
“The findings show how great the potential is to improve the quality of life for cancer patients,”said lead investigator Dr Vincent Maida of the University of Toronto.
The drug is part of a class known as cannabinoids that are similar to the active ingredient found in naturally occurring cannabis, or marijuana.
But Cesamet, as with similar drugs such as Solvay SA‘s Marinol, is designed to target specific cannabinoid receptors and does not carry the toxic effects associated with smoking marijuana, Maida said.
Source:The Times Of India