Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA) (the “Company”), the first-ever publicly traded cannabis company in the United States that launched the world’s first-ever cannabis-derived nutraceutical products, brands and supply chain, announced today that its portfolio investment company Kannalife, Inc. (“Kannalife”) (OTC: KLFE), a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the research and development of cannabinoid therapeutics, has completed its phase 1 study funded by a grant (1R41DA044898-01) from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
The study was performed by Kannalife and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) to assess KLS-13019, Kannalife’s patented cannabidiol (CBD)-like molecule, as a potential treatment of neuropathic pain and drug dependence.
“KLS-13019 continues to show potential as a much-needed treatment for CIPN,” said Dr. Stuart Titus, CEO of Medical Marijuana, Inc. “According to a recent study conducted by RRI, it is estimated that the total global neuropathic pain market will be worth more than $8.3 billion by 2024.”
The pre-clinical grant study was performed in an animal model to evaluate the potential use of KLS-13019 as a potent, non-opioid alternative in the prevention and reversal of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). The animal model portion of the study was conducted by Sara Jane Ward, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at LKSOM.
“These recent study results suggest that Kannalife’s proprietary CBD-like molecule is at least as effective as CBD in preventing neuropathic pain in animal models. Even further, KLS-13019 goes a step further than CBD by showing the potential to reverse neuropathic pain,” said Dean Petkanas, CEO of Kannalife. “Kannalife looks to bring effective new treatment options to market as soon as possible and this research puts us one step closer to that goal.”
The completed study could lead to a Phase 2 grant and further advances Kannalife’s belief that KLS-13019 could become a viable drug candidate, and an alternative to opioids, as a treatment for patients suffering from CIPN and chronic pain management.
The research reported in this press release was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the amount of $299,916 under award number 1R41DA044898-01.
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KLS-13019 is Kannalife’s leading proprietary investigational CBD-like product for the potential treatment of a range of neurodegenerative and neuropathic pain disorders, beginning with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). KLS-13019 has not been reviewed or approved for patient use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other healthcare authority in the world. Its safety and efficacy have not been confirmed by FDA-approved research.
About Kannalife, Inc.
Kannalife, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of proprietary and patented cannabidiol (CBD) and CBD-like molecules for patients suffering from unmet medical needs of neurodegenerative disorders – including chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), a chronic neuropathy caused by toxic chemotherapeutic agents; hepatic encephalopathy (HE), a neurotoxic brain-liver disorder caused by excessive concentrations of ammonia and ethanol in the brain; mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), a disorder associated with single and repetitive impact injuries; and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease associated with highly repetitive impact injuries in professional and amateur sports.
The Company’s family of proprietary molecules focuses on treating oxidative stress-related diseases such as HE, chronic pain from neuropathies like CIPN, and neurodegenerative diseases like CTE. Kannalife conducts its research and development efforts at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County in Doylestown, PA.
About Medical Marijuana, Inc.
We are a company of firsts®. Medical Marijuana, Inc. (MJNA) is a cannabis company with three distinct business units in the non-psychoactive cannabinoid space: a global portfolio of cannabinoid-based nutraceutical brands led by Kannaway® and HempMeds®; a pioneer in sourcing the highest-quality legal non-psychoactive cannabis products derived from industrial hemp; and a cannabinoid-based clinical research and botanical drug development sector led by its internal R&D and scientific team and its pharmaceutical investment companies and partners including AXIM® Biotechnologies, Inc. and Kannalife, Inc. Medical Marijuana, Inc. was named a top CBD producer by CNBC. Medical Marijuana, Inc. was also the first company to receive historic import permits for CBD products from the governments of Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Paraguay and is a leader in the development of international markets. Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s headquarters is in San Diego, California, and additional information is available at OTCMarkets.com or by visiting www.medicalmarijuanainc.com.
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