Category Archives: Pharmacognosy
More hearings, more heavy metal contamination, more than likely: no real action.
Horny goat weed is far from stiff competition for a prescription PDE5 inhibitor like sildenafil (Viagra).
An update with a more serious, clinical consideration than, “This is me and my mom’s little marijuana farm”
NEWSFLASH: News outlets overinterpret in vitro anticancer studies of mushroom extract. But the real story is how NHS Choices took it apart and took the Daily Express to task.
You might not care to explain this in great detail to the kids or other Harry Potter fans, but the legend does in fact come from the awesome power of natural products.
Yes, friends: this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry would not have been possible without the awesome power of natural products and the contributions of my natural products chemistry colleagues who provided Ramikrishnan, Steitz, and Yonath with the chemical tools for their work. “The ribosome is the target for about 50% of all antibacterial drugs to date, and the advent of high resolution structures of both ribosomal subunits has opened a large number of possibilities for [structure-based drug design] of new and effective drugs in the race against resistance development among bacterial pathogens.”
For all of you parents of children with cancer, here’s what your kids might be doing in 50 years.
A widely-available plant that produces highly-disturbing hallucinations is being progressively prohibited in the US. However, as with other psychoactive natural products, salvinorin A holds promise for novel therapeutics to treat psychiatric disorders.
A excellent article on the front page of today’s New York Times raises awareness of the flow of inexpensive heroin from Mexico to the suburban US.
A man who lost his son 6 years ago to a poppy seed brew reminds us that users can never know the morphine content of the tea. More importantly, even those of us in science and health care fail to appreciate the danger of this tea. Processing of morphine poppies and concentration by tea making can result in potentially lethal concentrations.