Addiction

It may be increasingly legal but doesn't mean cannabis is safe

Arecent CBS News/YouGov survey found that two-thirds of Americans want recreational marijuana use to be legal. Nearly 70 percent of states allow the medical use of cannabis products and a growing number have legalized recreational ...

Medications

Active ingredient in cannabis protects aging brain cells

Decades of research on medical cannabis has focused on the compounds THC and CBD in clinical applications. But less is known about the therapeutic properties of cannabinol (CBN). Now, a new study by Salk scientists shows ...

Medications

Using cannabinoids to treat obesity

Though cannabis is often associated with "the munchies" in popular culture, University of Toronto researcher Justin Matheson is asking whether cannabinoids—naturally occurring compounds in the plant—can actually be used ...

Medications

Cannabis use could cause harmful drug interactions

Using cannabis alongside other drugs may come with a significant risk of harmful drug-drug interactions, new research by scientists at Washington State University suggests.

Neuroscience

A new technology provides a more precise measure of pain

How many times have you been asked to rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10, from no pain to worst pain possible? It's a pain measurement system commonly used, but it's also recognized as being highly subjective and unhelpful, ...

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Cannabinoid

Cannabinoids are a class of chemical compounds which include the phytocannabinoids (oxygen-containing C21 aromatic hydrocarbon compounds found in the cannabis plant), and chemical compounds which mimic the actions of phytocannabinoids or have a similar structure (e.g. endocannabinoids, found in the nervous and immune systems of animals and that activate cannabinoid receptors). The most notable of the cannabinoids is ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the primary psychoactive compound of cannabis.

Synthetic cannabinoids encompass a variety of distinct chemical classes: the classical cannabinoids structurally related to THC, the nonclassical cannabinoids including the aminoalkylindoles, 1,5-diarylpyrazoles, quinolines and arylsulphonamides, as well as eicosanoids related to the endocannabinoids.

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