New U.S. research could create thousands of cannabis-based medicines

New U.S. research could create thousands of cannabis-based medicines
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Medical cannabis’ true definition is being rewritten amid global acceptance of the plant’s use as a pharmaceutical drug.  While the transition from its “taboo” reputation to a highly sought after therapeutic agent may still be happening, the outlook for medical cannabis looks bright. In particular, the United States—where medical cannabis is now legal in 37 states and U.S. territories—is leading the way in terms of transforming the future of cannabis-based medicines.  The U.S. federal government is, for the first time ever, inviting four new American companies to cultivate and investigate the cannabis plant for research purposes. Eventually, cannabis could serve as the primary ingredient for a whole new range of pharmaceutical drugs.  Groff North America is one of the companies that has been granted authorization to conduct studies into cannabis for medicinal purposes. Headquartered in Red Lion, York County, orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Steve Groff established the company with the intent of unraveling cannabis’ therapeutic qualities. “You don’t take that opium poppy and ask a patient to rub it on their lip for morphine. It gets processed, it’s been FDA-approved,” said Groff, who discussed the benefits of using cannabis plant flowers as an alternative to poppy flower-based opioid medications. Growth completes first batch of cannabis for medical research On February 28, Groff North America confirmed the completion of its first batch of medicinal-grade cannabis for research purposes. The announcement also revealed that Groff had made the first ever federally authorized transfer of domestically-grown cannabis to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Because of this, the medical and scientific communities can now benefit from broader access to research for the production of medicines that may serve as a safer alternative to smoking or vaping. In the future, researchers like Groff hope to provide cannabis as a treatment option for a broad scope…

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