Jamaican scientists close to creating affordable hepatitis C drug from ganja

Research scientists, led by Dr Henry Lowe, say they have discovered properties in Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the major bioactive compounds in the cannabis (ganja) plant, that have the potential to provide affordable treatment as nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals for hepatitis C.

“We report here for the first time n vitro studies to demonstrate the antiviral activity of CBD against HCV,” Dr Lowe and his research team —Jamaican Wayne McLaughlin and Cameroonian Dr Ngeh Toyang — state in their published study, adding that Cannabidiol was shown to have activity against HCV in vitro but not against hepatitis B virus (HBV).

On Friday, Lowe, who is known worldwide for his anti-cancer and ganja research, as well as the production of a range of nutraceuticals using Jamaican plants, said that the discovery is a major development.

“This is a new discovery which has fantastic potential for the future, especially for people in developing countries, because there is a drug which was developed for hepatitis C treatment, but it’s over US$85,000 per treatment and very few people in the developing world can afford this,” he said. “So it is very important that we find less expensive means of treatment, and that is why this discovery and its potential to manage this disease is so important.” (Jamaica Observer)

5 Responses to Jamaican scientists close to creating affordable hepatitis C drug from ganja

  1. jrsmith February 12, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Not putting this down hope this is true and not a case of , trying to influence the Jamaican government and others to legalize ganja……

    • Leroy February 13, 2017 at 8:59 am

      So would you say their is a campaign of professionals scientist and doctors of which Dr Lowe is apart pushing for legalization of marijuana under false pretenses?

      Do you not think his work(studies and clinical trials) has to be published, studied and cleared by some FDA body?

      Or are you just blanket against dope?

  2. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne February 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm


  3. Jennifer February 12, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    The majority if not all European medicines are made from plants, so this should be no different. Wish Dr Lowe success, Hep C is a nasty spreadable virus.

  4. jus me February 14, 2017 at 5:31 am

    I CLOSE to being a Millionaire.
    I got 10 dollar


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