MMJ International Holdings, in collaboration with a a specialty pharmaceutical solutions company, has begun manufacturing gelatin capsule medicines based on compounds found in cannabis, The company will investigate these in clinical trials as potential treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS) and Huntington’s disease.
“As MMJ International Holdings continues to advance to its clinical trials, now a specialty pharmaceutical solutions company will be supporting MMJ,” Elio Mariani, PhD, MMJ’s executive vice president of research and development, said in a press release.
The cannabis plant contains many biologically active compounds. The best-known are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); the latter is the psychoactive compound primarily responsible for the “high” associated with cannabis consumption.
Among MMJ’s lead therapeutic candidates are MMJ-001 and MMJ-002, both of which are based on a liquid formulation of highly purified CBD and THC, as well as other ingredients, administered in a gel capsule.
MMJ-001 is being developed as a treatment for spasticity (muscle stiffness) in MS. MMJ-002 is an investigational treatment for Huntington’s-associated chorea (a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary jerking movements). MMJ-002 has been designated an orphan drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
MMJ is planning to test these investigational therapies in clinical trials.
“MMJ’s clinical trials will provide patient dosing, safety, and efficacy data to the FDA to prove that cannabis can treat essential tremors, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary shaking,” said Duane Boise, CEO of MMJ Biopharma.
“We firmly believe that our MMJ oral gel cap medication, containing the marijuana plant’s unique pharmacological properties, will be FDA-approved as a safe and effective drug,” Mariani said.
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