Tuesday, January 30, 2007

YOUR 15 MINUTES: The Reverse Munchies

Making potheads skinnier around the world, Britain's GW Pharmaceuticals Plc said Tuesday it plans to start human trials of an experimental treatment for obesity derived from cannabis. Cannabis is commonly associated with stimulating hunger. Several other companies, including Sanofi-Aventis with Acomplia, are working on new drugs that try to switch off the brain circuits that make people hungry when they smoke it. GW Pharma, however, says it has derived a treatment from cannabis itself that could help suppress hunger. "The cannabis plant has 70 different cannabinoids in it, and each has a different effect on the body," GW Managing Director Justin Gover told Reuters."Some can stimulate your appetite, and some in the same plant can suppress your appetite. It is amazing both scientifically and commercially," he said in a telephone interview. [source]

Someone must’ve been really bored to come up with this. Picture it – lab geeks sitting around one day smoking weed and philosophizing about their next pharmaceutical development. “Like dude, what illegal drug doesn’t make people skinny. Um…totally weed dude. Yeah like let’s turn weed into a drug that makes people skinny.” You know they started this research so they could get their hands on a bunch of A+ pharmaceutical grade buds. Call me crazy but wouldn’t it be easier to just make a weight loss drug out of, say, meth?

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