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Jamaica: Step up medicinal ganja research, US doctor tells Jamaica

NEGRIL,Westmoreland — With the medical cannabis industry poised to take off in a big way internationally, American natural medicine doctor, Dr Jenny Wilkins is recommending that Jamaica brush up it’s research on the creation of medicines from the plant to treat diseases plaguing its people.

“What I would love to see is better research here, accessible research where people like me can come and standardise supplementation, being able to create true medicine for the different ailments that are plaguing Jamaicans,” Dr Wilkins noted.

An international authority on the endocannabinoid system, Dr Wilkins wants local doctors to be educated on how it works, arguing that Jamaicans stand to benefit from the introduction of cannabinoid medicines, extracted from the cannabis plant to treat common ailments such as diabetes and hypertension.

The endocannabinoid system is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the mammalian central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.

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