Marijuana loses its high, plus soy tape, gritty bubbles and more in this week’s news
Researchers have found a way to quash the high produced by THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Though sought after by recreational users, that dopey sensation is an unwanted side effect for many people who use marijuana for medical effects such as increased appetite or relief from pain and seizures. In addition to hitting the pleasure-inducing cellular baseball mitts known as cannabinoid receptors, THC hits another mitt that normally catches the chemical messenger known as glycine. Modifying THC so it hits only the glycine receptors could provide a means for delivering dopey-free relief, researchers report online April 3 in Nature Chemical Biology. —Rachel Ehrenberg
Note: To comment, Science News subscribing members must now establish a separate login relationship with Disqus. Click the Disqus icon below, enter your e-mail and click “forgot password” to reset your password. You may also log into Disqus using Facebook, Twitter or Google.