Scientists map the receptor that makes weed work
Wired - 07/06/2017
“People have been using cannabis for a variety of therapeutic indications for centuries,” says Alexandros Makriyannis, director of Northeastern University’s Center for Drug Discovery, and a co-author of this new research, published in Nature. In the 1960s, scientists finally started to figure that out as well. And by the 1980s, Eli Lilly had developed a synthetic THC knockoff called Nabilone. “It was a good quality drug used for nausea from chemotherapy, and also pain,” says Makriyannis. But other THC-based synthetics never took off, in part because pharmacologists couldn’t eliminate all the unwanted side effects.