Coming, a weight-loss pill from cannabis

Coming, a weight-loss pill from cannabis

A weight loss pill may be available in five years, suggest researchers who found that a combination of extracts taken from cannabis and vitamin A shows promise as a drug to tackle obesity.
“The results of our study show, for the first time, that particular compounds in cannabis and vitamin A can work together to reduce the deposit of lipids (fats),” said Dr Yann Gibert, head of Metabolic Genetic Diseases Research Laboratory, Deakin University, Australia. “This opens up exciting opportunities to potentially treat obesity without invasive surgery,” Gibert said.
Researchers used zebrafish and human cells to test the effect of the Endocannabinoid system (an active compound of cannabis which plays a role in appetite regulation and fat formation) and the Retinoic Acid Pathway (an active component of vitamin A) on reducing the deposit of fat.
“The complementary actions of the Endocannabinoid system and Retinoic Acid Pathway in reducing fat deposits have the potential to treat obesity in a safer and more effective way than if they were used independently,” he said. “This approach only focuses on fat, and avoids effects on brain, which has been a concern in previous research involving cannabis,” he said. (AGENCIES)