Marijuana: the addiction hormone and the assault on Denver coffee shops

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Discovery of the molecule that acts as a natural defense mechanism against the harmful effects of cannabis. Meanwhile, in the US there is a boom in customers for coffee shops, literally besieged since January 2014, XNUMX

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Two INSERM research groups, led by Pier Vincenzo Piazza and Giovanni, they found out recently that pregnenolone, a molecule produced by the brain, acts as a mechanism of natural defense against the harmful effects of cannabis.

Il pregnenolone prevents THC, the main active ingredient in cannabis, to fully activate its receptor in the brain, the CB1 receptor, which when overstimulated causes the intoxicating effects typical of cannabis intake. By identifying this mechanism, INSERM teams are already developing new approaches to treating cannabis addiction.

LEGALIZATION MARIJUANA - Meanwhile, in the US there is a boom in customers for coffee shops have been literally stormed since January 2014, XNUMX, the day when the sale and consumption of marijuana became legal throughout Colorado. The long lines and the hours of waiting in the snow and the freezing wind did not stop shoppers at the 24 stores that opened in the US state on Wednesday.

This is how the world greeted the new year by watching Colorado introduce the The modern world's first fully legal marijuana industry, where a prescription is not required (as in 18 states and Washington, DC) and every citizen can have up to 28 grams, as well as grow up to six plants for personal use.

THE INCREASE IN PRICES - The only problems reported were the price increases. In fact, there is no statewide pricing structure, so since mid-afternoon marijuana has cost up to $ 70 for three grams. Patients using medical marijuana had spent $ 25 for the same amount the day before. And if in the spring also the neighboring state of Washington will follow Colorado's example, eyes remain focused onUruguay, which has fully legalized marijuana, but has not yet set up its own system.



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