Good news for those who like to imbibe!
A company called Cannabis Science is hoping the FDA will approve its marijuana lozenges for use in children, teens, and adults. Robert Melamede, the owner of Cannabis Science, believes that marijuana lozenges could help curb deaths from swine flu.
“The approach relies on the principle that the chemicals in marijuana known as cannabinoids have a dampening effect on the immune system. Melamede said doctors may be able to take advantage of this effect to curb the risk of death from the immune system overdrive that resulted in many of the deaths of young adults during the 1918 influenza pandemic — a scenario that some worry could occur once more if swine flu were to become more virulent.”
Both the former CEO of Cannabis Science, Steve Kubby, and his successor, Melamede, have self-tested the lozenges. “Within half an hour of taking it, my runny nose, aching muscles and throat congestion are all significantly relieved,” Kubby said, adding that users of the lozenge will not get the “high” or “stoned” effects that come with smoking marijuana. Kubby and Melamede maintain that the chemical compounds in marijuana could decrease the chance of a “cytokine storm” situation, in which the immune system (especially in young adults) goes into overdrive and causes the lungs to fail.
Of course, Cannabis Science has quite the uphill battle before marijuana lozenges are passed out in school. And don’t think doctors are about to go advise patients to smoke up if they come down with the flu.
“While marijuana’s anti-inflammatory properties are widely accepted as a treatment for glaucoma or arthritis, its use as an antiviral raises eyebrows even among pot-friendly physicians. “Though it may have some antiviral effects, these have not been proven scientifically,” says Dr. David Allen, a chest surgeon and cannabinoid research scientist from California…
One thing, however, is clear: Smoking marijuana likely will do much more harm than good if you happen to have a respiratory infection — not to mention that smoking anything is damaging to someone with flu-related respiratory ills.”
In other news, Russian soccer fans are being encouraged to drink Welsh whisky to combat the swine flu.
“Welsh whisky is on offer to Russian supporters as a disinfectant,” Alexander Shprygin, head of the national team’s fan club, said Monday. “This will relieve any symptoms.”