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Chemical Patch May Ease Suffering

Contact: Jill Holder

 

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Three years ago, Audra Stinchcomb, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, was awarded a $361,000 grant by the American Cancer Society to study ways to safely and legally administer the beneficial effects of the chemicals found in marijuana without inhaling the illegal plant.

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August 20, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- A researcher at the University of Kentucky is developing an innovative skin patch using synthetic cannabinoids to treat the pain, depression, nausea and loss of appetite often experienced by patients with AIDS, cancer, and other diseases.

Three years ago, Audra Stinchcomb, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, was awarded a $361,000 grant by the American Cancer Society to study ways to safely and legally administer the beneficial effects of the chemicals found in marijuana without inhaling the illegal plant. Smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes is outlawed in most states.

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