Kopar Khairane
National

New CBD Source Discovered in Brazil for Medical Use, But Hold the Cannabis

<p>Brazilian molecular scientist Rodrigo Moura Neto is doing experiments on an apparently ordinary plant with a powerful secret in a lab hidden away on a vast university campus in Rio de Janeiro.</p>
<p>The common and sometimes regarded as a weed Trema micrantha blume is a quick-growing, domestic plant that is native to the Americas.</p>
<p>However, Moura Neto just recently learned that the plant’s fruits and flowers contain cannabidiol, often known as CBD, which has shown potential as a therapy for a variety of ailments, including epilepsy, autism, anxiety, and chronic pain.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-57588″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-new-cbd-source-discovered-in-brazil-for-medical-use-but-hold-the-cannabis-download-2023-07-04t173432.506.jpg” alt=”” width=”1260″ height=”876″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-new-cbd-source-discovered-in-brazil-for-medical-use-but-hold-the-cannabis-download-2023-07-04t173432.506.jpg 269w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/www.theindiaprint.com-new-cbd-source-discovered-in-brazil-for-medical-use-but-hold-the-cannabis-download-2023-07-04t173432.506-150×104.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px” /></p>
<p>He also discovered that it lacks tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive chemical that gives users a high, which is crucial.</p>
<p>The idea of a plentiful new supply of CBD without the drawbacks of cannabis, which is still outlawed in many locations, is made possible by this.</p>
<p>Dr. Moura Neto, a friendly 66-year-old with silver hair who now has a full schedule of meetings with patent specialists and businesses eager to access the multi-billion-dollar CBD industry, has become something of an overnight academic celebrity as a result of the finding.</p>
<p>“It was wonderful to find a plant (with CBD but) without THC, because you avoid all the mess around psychotropic substances,” explains Moura Neto, a researcher at Rio de Janeiro Federal University who has spent the better part of five decades in this modest lab. He tells AFP that “that means the potential is enormous.”</p>
<p>His 10-person team recently received a 500,000-real ($104,000) governmental grant to further their work. They will now determine the most effective ways to extract CBD from “Trema,” then research if it is as beneficial as medicinal marijuana.</p>
<p>IN DEMAND: A MAN</p>
<p>Many of CBD’s alleged medicinal benefits are still being studied.</p>
<p>The substance is divisive, even in Brazil, where patients have sued to get access to it. Given that growing medicinal marijuana is still prohibited, they often have to import it at exorbitant costs. However, Congress is considering legislation to alter this.</p>
<p>Regardless of debates, CBD is in high demand.</p>
<p>Last year, it was predicted that there was a roughly $5 billion worldwide market for CBD. By 2028, according to analytics company Vantage Market Research, it will increase to more over $47 billion, mostly due to increased usage for health and wellness.</p>
<p>Rosane Silva, the director of Moura Neto’s laboratory, which is located off a corridor crowded with students and researchers wearing white lab coats, describes the interest in his study as being “huge.”</p>
<p>Silva adds, standing next to the “magical plant,” “a lot of companies have been calling, looking to collaborate” on a potential non-cannabis-based CBD drug.</p>
<p>The “Trema” plant, which belongs to the Cannabaceae family like cannabis, may develop into a tree that is up to 20 meters (66 feet) tall. According to Moura Neto, he and the university may look into patenting any new methods they develop for obtaining CBD from the plant’s small fruits and flowers.</p>
<p>But he quickly clarifies that he won’t really patent “Trema” itself. He wants it to be studyable by scientists anywhere. “If I’d dreamed of being a billionaire, I wouldn’t have become a professor,” he claims.</p>
<p>TO PRODUCING FROM POLICING?</p>
<p>Moura Neto began researching CBD for a very different purpose: as a qualified forensic geneticist, he would examine the DNA of marijuana confiscated by law enforcement to assist detectives in tracing its origin.</p>
<p>He got the idea to test for CBD in “Trema” after reading about a research that found it in a similar plant in Thailand that belongs to the Cannabaceae family.</p>
<p>If it is even conceivable, he claims it will take five to ten years of study and clinical testing to transform his as-yet-unpublished results into a medicine that is ready for sale.</p>
<p>Since it was domesticated more than 10,000 years ago in China, cannabis has been grown for millennia to perfect its psychedelic and therapeutic properties. According to Moura Neto, CBD from “Trema” could not function as effectively or as all.</p>
<p>It serves no use to smoke the plant to get high in the meantime. He chuckles, “That definitely won’t do anything for you.”</p>
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