Canadian researchers have discovered how cannabis plants produce pain killing molecules that are 30x stronger than aspirin. The new findings give medical promise as a substitute for opiod pain relivers which lead to addiction and even death.

Those pain-relieving molecules in cannabis, called cannflavin A and cannflavin B, cut down on pain by fighting off inflammation but are not psychoactive.

Even though scientist have known the benfits for decades, it wasnt until now that researchers actually mined the genome of a cannabis strain to figure out how the plant’s genes create those two flavanoid molecules.

Cannflavin molecules target inflammation itself, whereas opioids relieve pain by blocking pain signals in the brain.

“There’s clearly a need to develop alternatives for relief of acute and chronic pain that go beyond opioids,” said Tariq Akhtar, a University of Guelph biology professor and author of the study, in a statement on the newly released research.

Tariq Akhtar

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