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The Science of Cannabis

By James M Heather, on 8 June 2011

“You can touch, smell, but not taste the marijuana”.

'All of these plants were grown for pharmaceutical research' - David PotterThese were the words spoken by Prof. Clive Page, a King’s college pharmacologist who was chairing the wonderful talk on The Science of Cannabis last night. He was right – I could smell it from the third row.

While many people will be familiar with the psychoactive properties of THC found in cannabis, the talk last night was dealing with the varying medicinal properties of other chemicals produced by the plant.

Watch UCL’s Dr Andrea Sella explain the history and science of cannabis (6 minutes)

Our expert for the evening was the rather aptly named Dr. David Potter, a botanist and magistrate from GW Pharmaceuticals, who is part of the team responsible for last year producing the first legal medicinal product derived from marijuana.

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