Researchers Say Cholesterol Drug Could Work Better than Marijuana

Researchers Say Cholesterol Drug Could Work Better than Marijuana

For the past 40 years, many physicians have prescribed a drug called fenofibrate (also known by the brand name of Tricor) to lower LDL cholesterol levels in their patients. Currently, the drug is seeing a great deal of popularity due to its lack of side effects when compared to other treatment options.

New research has revealed that fenofibrate is very effective in treating other medical problems, namely nausea, pain and psychological issues. The drug utilizes the same receptors in the brain that marijuana targets when it is smoked. These research results may lead to the development of a new drug class that will present the positive aspects of using marijuana without the negative side effects.

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Marijuana and fenofibrate both have compounds that bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain cells and inside of other organs. The research was done by adding fenofibrate to the cannabinoid receptors of cells and then using a tracking compound to observe the cell activity afterward. Fenofibrate activated the receptors and caused the tissue to relax, which is the same effect as that of marijuana exposure.

The findings¬†bring a deeper understanding of the way fenofibrate works inside the body. The researcher’s goal is to have the drug prescribed in place of marijuana, especially for a loss of appetite, inability to sleep and chronic pain.

Psychological conditions, such as schizophrenia and anxiety, that respond to marijuana could also see improvement with fenofibrate. Other benefits include relief from the negative side effects of marijuana like food craving, dry mouth, bloodshot eyes and vertigo.

For what it’s worth, we were unable to find any other studies that were as confident in these claims.

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