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Marijuana Pain Reliever Without 'Unwanted Highs' Possible: L.A. Pot Shops Frightened at Prospect

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Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 11:55 AM

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Q: What do you call marijuana without the high?

A: A waste of time.

But seriously, results of a new study published at NewScientist suggest that the pain relieving qualities of weed can be isolated from the psychedelic qualities, rendering a more medically focused remedy.

You down for that, L.A. dispensaries?

Let's watch as all the retailers in this here pot shop capital of the nation get on-board with high-free cannabis. Right?

Because in this town it's all about distributing medicine to the seriously ill on a nonprofit and collective basis. True?

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  • High-free weed?

(We kid, obviously).

Here's what the research suggests, according to NewScientist:

This could open the way to cannabis-like drugs that provide pain relief without causing unwanted highs.

Cannabis is taken as a painkiller - to dull pain in cancer for example - but it can produce unpleasant side effects such as hallucinations and impaired mobility.

Now, a team led by Li Zhang of the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Bethesda, Maryland, has shown that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the active component in cannabis that makes people high but that is also thought to dull pain - binds to different molecular targets on cells to produce these two effects.

Stop giggling over "unwanted highs." This is serious business.

But think of the devastation a buzz-free weed would do to the burgeoning medical marijuana game in the United States. Would people sign up to get their "green" cards just to get another pain reliever?

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