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New chemicals discovered in cannabis, showing how little we still know about cannabis because of nonsensical laws

vice.com
  • Italian researchers keep discovering new chemicals in marijuana, the latest being THCP and CBDP, cousins of THC and CBD.
  • These discoveries are made thanks to advancements in mass spectrometry, which enables scientists to weigh atoms and study compounds.
  • Marijuana has more to offer us than we think, but studies like this are limited because of Marijuana’s nonsensical status as illegal drug in most countries.
  • The newly discovered cannabinoids could be the foundation of new treatments for several ailments, but legal issues surrounding cannabis are making it hard to study.

Certain T cells produce less energy and are structurally weaker in people with chronic fatigue syndrome

nih.gov
  • Study shows that in people with chronic fatigue syndrome, an energy production process is disrupted in the CD4 and CD8 immune T cells.
  • This disease has no known causes and no treatments, which makes this an important step towards finding cures.
  • The findings prove that there are different patterns of cell interaction in the immune systems of people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Study authors hope that this will encourage other scientists to work on this disease.

Young children have lower grades due to increased salt intake

news.nus.edu.sg
  • Children who live in households with high levels of salt in the water supply, are less likely to have good grades.
  • This is shown in a study that monitored young children’s school progress in Bangladesh.
  • The effect doesn’t occur in older children, suggesting that aging reduces the negative effects of salt consumption.

Protein called REST could prolong life by limiting neuron excitement

quantamagazine.org
  • Overexcited neurons lead to premature death, but a protein called REST appears to be the key to limiting the activity of neurons in the brain.
  • New study shows that people who live the longest have the most REST in their brains, but it’s unclear how exactly it prolongs their lives.
  • Earlier studies showed that people with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s have low levels of REST.
  • The next steps are to find drugs that could boost REST, test them in lab organisms, and then test them in patients.

Opioid alternative discovered in mud

imb.uq.edu.au
  • Lucky find leads scientists to a new type of molecule: bilaids.
  • They’re similar to endomorphins (they activate opioid receptors to relieve pain).
  • After chemical modifications, researchers arrived at bilorphin, which is as powerful as morphine.
  • Due to its’ unique characteristics, it could be an opioid alternative without the negative side-effects of opioids.
  • Also, since this new molecule was found in mud fungi, it might be a good idea to look for other unknown molecules in mud all over the world.

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