We are rapidly demystifying cancers, exposing the molecular mechanisms underlying tumors and leading the search for the next generation of targeted cancer therapies. We see a future where every cancer and every patient has a cure.
Decades of research on medical cannabis has focused on the compounds THC and CBD in clinical applications. But less is known about the therapeutic properties of cannabinol. This molecule is derived from the cannabis plant, is molecularly similar to THC, but is not psychoactive. Now, Research Professor Pamela Maher, first author Zhibin Liang and colleagues have found that cannabinol can protect nerve cells from oxidative damage, a major pathway to cell death. The discovery suggests that cannabinol has the potential to treat age-related neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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