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, ...

Medications

How to store CBD oil to prevent its degradation

It has been known for thousands of years that the cannabis plant interacts with the human body on many levels: to relieve neuropathic pain, to lower intraocular pressure, to increase appetite, and to decrease nausea and vomiting. ...

Addiction

An Olympic controversy: Do marijuana and athletics mix?

Track and field star Sha'Carri Richardson's medal-winning hopes were dashed when she tested positive for THC, the main intoxicating compound found in marijuana, disqualifying her from the Tokyo Olympics with a one-month suspension. ...

Addiction

China issues total ban on synthetic cannabinoids

China on Tuesday said it will add all synthetic cannabinoids to its list of banned drugs, in what it described as a first in the world, to curb their manufacturing, trafficking and abuse.

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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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