Dr. Douglas Kinghorn’s presentation on medicinal plants was very interesting! I had no idea that approximately 10,000 of the worlds 300,000 plants are used for medicinal purposes! I feel like we take our modern medicine for granted at times; just thinking about how quick I am to take an Advil whenever I get a headache has me feeling privileged. Roughly 3/4 of the worlds population rely on traditional medicinal plants; it’s hard to even imagine life today without medicine.
I thought the portion of Dr. Douglas Kinghorn’s presentation covering cocaine was specifically interesting. I knew that cocaine was a highly addictive drug, but I didn’t remember it being a drug capable of a numbing effect. For example, Dr. Douglas Kinghorn shared with us that the numbing agents used at the dentist are based upon cocaine. I don’t know how I feel about cocaine being approved by the FDA as a new rug for 2020, but I’m interested to see what the drug will be used for in the future.