Viola Brugnatelli is the scientific director of Cannabiscienza, an e-learning academy for Italian healthcare professionals. A lecturer on medical cannabis and the endocannabinoid system at the University of Padua and a researcher at the University of Padua’s Department of Neuroscience, Brugnatelli specializes in cannabinoid receptor pharmacology and cannabis terpene signaling. Since 2012 she has been an active member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society and the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM). Brugnatelli is currently IACM’s Italian ambassador. In 2018, Brugnatelli co-founded LEARN Herstory, non-for-profit that lobbies for women equality in the European cannabis space. She is also founder and curator of the online science magazine Nature Going Smart.
It has long been known that resinous cannabis flower tops are well endowed with medicinal components. But that’s not the only part of the plant that has been used for therapeutic purposes. Cannabis roots have also provided relief for various ailments in traditional cultures.
Cannabis has been well known to treat eye pressure associated with glaucoma. Now new research indicates that direct topical application of cannabidiol (CBD) may be beneficial for neuropathic ocular pain.