There are few industries in America as universally despised as Big Pharma, and with good reason.
These are the pill-pushers responsible for the scourge of opioid addiction currently ravaging much of the nation. These enormous corporations knew fully well that these pain-killing products were highly addictive, forcing their customers to keep coming back long after the original affliction has passed.
But now it looks as though these greedy pharmaceutical fat cats could be taking a hit thanks to a new botanical discovery deep in the Texas backcountry.
She stops to pulls a leaf off one of the plants she was admiring. White sap starts running down the stalk.
“You see it coming out dripping?” she asks. “The chemicals in this sap – that’s what we use.”
The plant in question is snow on the prairie, and a strange scientific turn of events has brought it to the forefront of pain management research.
Euphorbia bicolor is the plant’s scientific name.
Dayna Averitt, an assistant professor in TWU’s department of biology where Maier works, had previously worked in San Antonio with scientists researching new solutions to ease chronic pain suffered by military veterans.
“The euphorbia name stuck with me,” Averitt said. “I’m like, ‘Why do I know that name?’ I don’t know anything about plants. I’m a neuroscientist.”
It stuck out because it sounded a lot like one of the plants her former colleagues had been researching in San Antonio.
Once Maier confirmed the plants were in the same family, they launched a powerful research project on a plant that had never been studied.
And while additional testing is still needed, the scientific community has so far been impressed with the possibilities of snow on the prairie.
Averitt’s teams is currently seeking to secure additional funding to further examine the plant.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.