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Will NIH ignore natural cannibinoid ligand, anandamide?

dog dog at dog.net.uk
Fri Feb 21 14:16:42 EST 1997

perhaps the legislative bodies involved should take into account the occurrence of anandamide in foodstuffs such as chocolate as well, as discovered by daniele piomelli. somehow, though, i doubt they will do more than stick their heads in the sand and pretend the issue doesn't exist.

the use of medical cannabinoids has been largely suppressed by uneducated western authorities, yet many pharmacologists acknowledge that significant benefits could arise from such use. for instance, i quote:

"In addition to its widespread recreational use, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the principal psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, has significant therapeutic potential (Abood and Martin, 1992). Cannabinoids have been reported to be clinically effective analgesics and useful in the treatment of glaucoma, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, muscle spasticity, and convulsions (Howlett, 1995). However, established clinical use of cannabinoids has been limited to their use as antiemetics and appetite stimulants in cancer and AIDS patients (Weinroth et al., 1995)."

source: Shen, Piser, Seybold, & Thayer (1996) Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists Inhibit Glutamatergic Synaptic Transmission in Rat Hippocampal Cultures, J Neurosci 16, #14: 4322-4334

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