Could Cannabis Help Treat Brain Disease? | AIChE

Could Cannabis Help Treat Brain Disease?


Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound derived from cannabis, lacking the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that gives marijuana users a carefree high.

CBD has become wildly popular for recreational purposes — it is inhaled through vapor pens, taken in capsules, and mixed with teas and fruity drinks, mainly as a relaxant. Several preliminary clinical studies even claim it can treat a range of health conditions, such as anxiety and epilepsy.

Scientists at Complutense Univ. (UCM) in Madrid are using CBD to help nanoparticles pass through the blood-brain barrier (BBB), a monolayer of endothelial cells that is extremely efficient at blocking the passage of foreign substances into the brain.

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