Archived Issue June 2010

Medical research confirms that Cannabis sativa has been used medicinally for thousands of years, yet its prominence arose from use in its marijuana or ganja form. Despite the controversies surrounding smoking marijuana—it is illegal in most countries—scientists have continued to look at its properties and the impact on the human system.

Over the past four decades, research has come up with many breakthrough findings, starting when the primary active ingredient of cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was identified in the sixties, and then in 1990 when the first THC receptor in the brain was discovered.

One of the lecturers in the Department of Pre-Clinical Sciences at UWI St. Augustine, Dr Farid Youssef, and Andrew Irving of the Neurosciences Institute at the University of Dundee, recently presented a review of some of the latest developments in cannabis research, including the identification of at least five endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitters in the body. These endocannabinoids are widely distributed and affect processes such as learning and memory, regulation of appetite, immune function, and reward pathways, for example.

“Numerous stereotypes associated with cannabis, in addition to the well known adverse health consequence associated with chronic smoking of cannabis, does little to help sell the concept of cannabis as a substance with enormous therapeutic potential. Recent advances in our understanding of the actions of cannabis and related ligands on the body suggest that now is a good time to change public opinion,” they assert... read article>>

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UWI Calendar July - October 2010

Thursday 1 July to Sunday 4 July, 2010
Queen’s Hall, St. Ann’s, Trinidad
Mango Festival
Sunday July 25, 2010
University Field Station, Mt Hope
Caribbean Linguistics
Monday 9 to Friday 13 August, 2010
UWI Cave Hill, Barbados
Negotiating the African Presence
Tuesday 17 to Friday 20, August, 2010
UWI Mona, Jamaica
Religion in the Caribbean
Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 September, 2010
UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad
Reflections, Relevance and Continuity
Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 September, 2010
UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad
COTE 2010
Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October, 2010
UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad

Also In This Issue

  Agent Cannabis: Cover Story
  From the Principal: In the Service of National and Regional Development
  Campus News: APETT Award
  Campus News: Meeting the Minister
  Campus News: Lessons in cricket transformation
  Chow down at the Mango Festival
  A first in long distance wireless networking
  Listen to the Deaf
  Diploma in Caribbean Sign Interpreting
  Agent Cannabis: Cannbis Unmasked
  Agent Cannabis: Natural Mystic
  Agent Cannabis: Waiting to Inhale
  Agent Cannabis: How Does Weed Affect You?
  Research: Partnership trains oncology nurses
  Two new medical professors
  UWI Students win MIT Technology Innovation Award
  UWI Percussion Ensemble’s Fund-raising CD Project