The New Mexico Compound

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its composition, its physiological effects, and its future uses.

One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the New Mexico compound is how the brain obviously determines whether an individual should eat more or less cannabis. The simple fact that the compound occurs naturally in cannabis justifies the recreational use of the flower, but what’s off-limits?

Scientists have recently discovered a complex hop-derived hop glycoside that inhibits cancer cell growth. The hop glycosides have an enlarging effect on scar tissue in mouse models after treatment of SCC, not cancer, with two of the new compounds. That could be one of the reasons why the hop synthetically derived compounds such as Sativex—a spray that contains a trichome extract that shuts down for a short while the growth of lung cancer cells—were so effective in cutting back cancer cells. There’s also the argument that the simple process of making hop glycosides from hops—which is what the New York strain of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is made from—is also supporting other medicinal uses. Exactly how therapeutic effects coordinate with the PAHs is unknown. But the presence of PAHs also prompts questions: Would other active compounds in marijuana also work as anti-cancer agents?

“Lack of knowledge is natural, and there’s a lot of people who believe some of this stuff,” said Donny Czarniak, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology Academy who are resourceful enough to understand that “proving” how the compound really works is actually somewhat complicated. “This is a very different area than I’d like,” he echoed.

Hemp has a long history of medicinal purposes. According to author Kevin a half-century ago, ancient Assyrians valued the plant for its pleasant odor and fine leaves. Historically, Jews would call the buds of marijuana a bracha—kindred spirit; an Islamic proverb translates this as “When you smoke a drug, the fumes blend into each other right away.” Benjamin Franklin noted in 1763 that hemp had been “delightful to chew, but not fit to eat.”

However, until the Industrial Revolution, hemp was traded for raw cotton not for medicine. Last year, a U.S. Department of Agriculture report stated that the Federal government allocated at least $2 million to Columbia University’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, Alcoholism and Health to develop new celery-pepper antimicrobial drugs. Celery is marrie last. That’s because celery is rich in the PAH known as phytohormone, which inhibits the expression of a number of genes necessary for human development, while inhibiting others that would help to stop the harmful motor activity of cancer cells, among other things. Pesticides can do more damage than PAHs, yet few get the same coverage.

One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the New Mexico compound is how the brain obviously determines whether an individual should eat more or less cannabis.

But celery doesn’t necessarily have to be the flower that cures. This year, for example, the New York Times profiled a California man who used the root to fix his ill son’s breathing problems, which earlier had pointed to terminal pancreatic cancer. A company in Athens, Georgia, is selling an extract of the medicinal tailless scoresmark’inctous, as a supplement for everything from erectile dysfunction to bowel but the drug has already been approved for use in human trials for prostate cancer. “I did something that could change someone’s life,” the company’s founder, Dr. Joel D. Hirschhorn, said.

Of course, it’s crazy to talk about the benefits of marijuana extracts. It’d be like recommending Gatorade instead of your heart’s best, according to Dr. Brandon Frank of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He’s part of a scientific team working with Chris Williams of the University of Arizona to try to unravel the complicated interplay between cannabinoids, PAHs, and the other components of marijuana to create more effective therapeutics. Frank noted that studies with THC , for instance, suggest the plant has the ability to cause new neurons to grow in the hippocampus—the part of the brain where memories are encoded. That, he said, suggests molecules naturally found in cannabis can trigger the formation of new neurons. The reasons why are still not entirely understood.

Other researchers have found that the anti-cancer compounds in marijuana can actually activate the existing ones, providing cannabinoids with capability to infiltrate cancer cells. But this still hasn’t given the drug its full therapeutic potential. “There are so many things we don’t know about marijuana, it’s kind of like the mystery of the titians,” said Dr. Malcolm Shanton, a health physicist and horticulturist who also studies cannabinoids at the U.S.