Young Scientist: Student proposes more effective cannabis treatment

The effectiveness of cannabis products in treating a variety of debilitating diseases can be significantly improved by ensuring they are better absorbed in the human intestine, according to Jennifer McCarthy, a sixth year student from Kinsale Community School in Co Cork.

She has successful designed a smaller dose – known as a “a nano-formulation” – to increase absorption of Cannabidoil from the hemp plant in the gastro-intestinal tract.

Her breakthrough, presented at the BT Young Scientist Technology Exhibition, was achieved by using chemicals known as “surfactants” in making hemp oil droplets.

Cannabinoid medicines are increasingly being approved for more at