Cannabinoid supplements and medicines

Here, GreenLight Medicines tell us what they do and the excellent supplements and medicines they offer in connection with cannabinoids and health. We also learn about their excellent research and development of safe and effective plant-based medicines

Here, we learn that cannabis-based products (cannabinoid supplements) can be derived from the hemp plant, which contains less than 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and usually aims to provide cannabidiol (CBD) to the consumer. CBD-based products are available in Europe as ingestible oils or gums, topical creams or vaping liquids.

The distinction is made that cannabinoid supplements are not considered the same as medical cannabis. Certainly, these supplements have not been rigorously tested for any clinical benefit through safety and efficacy trials and their quality or risk/benefit profile has not been formally evaluated by regulatory authorities.

We also find out that Greenlight has produced learning materials for pharmacists needing to update their knowledge of over the counter cannabinoid food supplements. Greenlight also takes great care to ensure that the consumer understands that cannabinoid food supplements are not intended to prevent, treat or cure any medical symptom or health condition.

This analysis also includes a scientific focus, where we learn that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a multifaceted biological entity consisting of three primary components: receptors, endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) and enzymes that synthesise and break down endocannabinoid molecules.

Another section looks at the current best evidence of the medical benefits and safety of cannabis. Also, when it comes to expanding medical cannabis research, GreenLight Medicines has nine therapeutic research and development projects based across three core disease areas:

  1. Cancers including prostate, ovarian and breast.
  2. Neurological conditions including Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, addiction and pain.
  3. Inflammatory or immune-related conditions.

In closing, we are told that GreenLight Medicines are passionate about tacking knowledge gaps in the field by rigorous research, with the ultimate goal of offering cost-effective and safe products that have clear benefits for prescribers and end-users.

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