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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:52 PM

Then there's THIS Mississippi:

Copied and pasted from WLOX TV (Biloxi, MS) site. This is the entire article. For those who might be interested in something more than the stereotypes.

Pot patch considered medical breakthrough
By Maggie Wade


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Advocates are fighting to legalize marijuana. The University of Mississippi has the only legally grown marijuana crop in the nation.

Faculty members and student researchers have now developed a new patch that could potentially provide help to patients who need it.

Dr. Mahmoud ElSohly is a faculty member in the School of Pharmacy at Ole Miss. During a tour of his lab where he has been working for nearly seven years to find alternative ways to use THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, Dr. ElSohly reveals a suppository did not go over so well.

"Jay Leno was, had it on his show, when we first came up with the product and said, you know, 'Dr. ElSohly at Ole Miss has developed a way to administer marijuana by suppository. You know how he came up with this idea?' He said, 'well he was smoking a joint and then he saw the cops and he went' ," Dr. ElSohly said.

But with his team, Dr. ElSohly pressed ahead. Over 77,000 samples were prepared for analysis on this project, and although the WLBT News team was permitted to walk around freely, Dr. ElSohly reminded the crew we were under constant surveillance by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Some of the areas were so sensitive protective gear was a must.

The patch developed at Ole Miss could help patients overcome problems associated with taking the drug in pill form. The patch is placed above the gum line.

"In addition to pain, it will include things like reducing intraocular pressure and therefore would be good for glaucoma. will be good for alleviating the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy; it would also be good for appetite stimulation for patients suffering from the syndrome, anti-inflammatory activity, anti-anxiety," explains Dr. ElSohly.

The formulas for the patch were screened in rabbits, then pigs at UMC in Jackson.

"So we're not really introducing anything strange to the body, other than the THC itself. We are just having to make it so that we'll make it possible to be absorbed through the mucus," ElSohly said.

Dr. ElSohly believes they have found the right formula.

"Because of the way it is absorbed it's almost like it's absorbed through the lungs, like the smoke. When you smoke, it goes to the lungs, to the whole, entire body before going to the liver. Unlike the oral goes to the liver first and then goes to the rest of the body," ElSohly explained.

Two other scientists worked with Dr. ElSohly on the development of the patch. The discovery is expected to take medicine and these researchers to a new high. Dr. ElSohly reveals, however, is not a fan of legalizing marijuana.

"The problem with smoking marijuana is that when you smoke , you take even a single puff, you absorb so much all at once, which rushes into the brain and causes side effects of smoking marijuana," warns Dr. ElSohly. "If the high is too high, then you actually end up with the opposite activity of the high, which is the paranoia, the dysphoria, and the problems associated with that."

The Ole Miss scientists who call themselves investigators, credit the National Institutes of Health Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence with kick starting the project with a grant that provided funding. They also say those grants have helped them train and mentor future investigators.

Dr. ElSohly says marijuana is developed in grow labs not the fields. The fields have not been used since 2007. We also found out most of the pot confiscated by law enforcement in this state is analyzed at Ole Miss.



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nolabear Feb 2013 OP
Separation Feb 2013 #1
rdharma Feb 2013 #2
lunatica Feb 2013 #3
OriginalGeek Feb 2013 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2013 #5
nolabear Feb 2013 #6
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2013 #7

Response to nolabear (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:55 PM

1. Growing up there was always the rumor

That Memphis State had a 100 or so acres somewhere for research. Never did find it, and we sure looked for it.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:04 PM

2. ....only legally grown marijuana crop in the nation

 

I think they meant the only "FEDERALLY permitted" marijuana crop in the nation. There are THOUSANDS of state permitted marijuana grow operations in the US.

Interesting article.

I have nothing against marijuana ........ as long as it is ONLY used for medical and recreational use!

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Response to rdharma (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:07 PM

3. Well then, don't bogart it

Smoke it!

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Response to rdharma (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:37 PM

4. lol, you almost got me

hadda read it twice.

Welcome to DU!

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:02 PM

5. Fascinating article, my dear nolabear...

Here's your fifth rec for the Greatest Page!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:05 PM

6. Thanks Peggy. Hope you're feeling better.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:06 PM

7. You are very welcome! I am doing well...my physical therapist is thrilled! n/t

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