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Source: TH

  

Context: Scientists at CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), Jammu, have discovered that phytocannabinoids, compounds found in the cannabis plant, exhibit previously unexplored antibiotic properties.

  • The study specifically focused on tetrahydrocannabidiol (THCBD), a phytocannabinoid, and its efficacy against Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria contributing to antibiotic resistance.
  • THCBD demonstrated strong antibacterial effects against various resistant strains of S. aureus, including the methicillin-resistant strain.

 

Clasepi

 Source: livemint

Akumentis Healthcare Ltd has introduced Clasepi, a cannabis-based medicine designed to treat seizures in toddlers.

The drug, approved by the Drug Controller General of India, targets seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, Dravet Syndrome, or Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

 Clasepi contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with content below 0.1%, and clinical studies have demonstrated its efficacy in reducing seizures, particularly in cases where conventional antiseizure medications have proven ineffective.