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Studies using agonists from at least three major cannabinoid ligand groups suggest the mediation of several distinct effects (e.g. psychotropic, analgesia, and antiemetic) by the recently cloned CB1 cannabinoid receptor. However, other studies suggest the presence of multiple cannabinoid receptors and at least one other receptor (CB2) has been cloned. The(More)
In mice, running, clonic and tonic convulsions and lethality were assessed following transcorneal (electroshock) current or convulsant drugs, each administered alone and after cannabidiol (CBD) pretreatment. CBD prevented tonic convulsions caused by a convulsant current (CC) 99.99, and by the convulsant dose (CD) 99.99 values of gamma-aminobutyric acid(More)
Cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid of Cannabis, was given to 5 patients with dystonic movement disorders in a preliminary open pilot study. Oral doses of CBD rising from 100 to 600 mg/day over a 6 week period were administered along with standard medication. Dose-related improvement in dystonia was observed in all patients and ranged from 20(More)
Fifty-three UK and 59 USA people with multiple sclerosis (MS) answered anonymously the first questionnaire on cannabis use and MS. From 97 to 30% of the subjects reported cannabis improved (in descending rank order): spasticity, chronic pain of extremities, acute paroxysmal phenomenon, tremor, emotional dysfunction, anorexia/weight loss, fatigue states,(More)
A comparison of the anticonvulsant and neurotoxic effects of cannabidiol (CBD), delta 9tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabinol and antiepileptic drugs (phenytoin, phenobarbital, carbamazepine, chlordiazepoxide, clonazepam, ethosuximide and trimethadione) was made in rats. Median effective potencies (ED 50 values) for maximal electroshock, audiogenic seizures and(More)
We measured (-)-5-(1,1-dimethylheptyl)-2-[5-hydroxy-2-(3-hydroxypropyl)cyclohe xyl]-phenol (CP 55,940)-, (-)11-OH-delta8-tetrahydrocannabinol-dimethylheptyl (HU-210)-, anandamide- and delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol-stimulated G protein activation in mouse brain using the [35S]GTPgammaS functional assay. The Ki values for these drugs were determined by agonist(More)
Unprecedented developments in cannabinoid research within the past decade include discovery of a brain (CB1) and peripheral (CB2) receptor; endogenous ligands, anandamide, and 2-arachidonylglycerol; cannabinoid drug-induced partial and inverse agonism at CB1 receptors, antagonism of NMDA receptors and glutamate, and antioxidant activity; and preferential(More)
Based on encouraging preliminary findings, cannabidiol (CBD), a major nonpsychotropic constituent of Cannabis, was evaluated for symptomatic efficacy and safety in 15 neuroleptic-free patients with Huntington's Disease (HD). The effects of oral CBD (10 mg/kg/day for 6 weeks) and placebo (sesame oil for 6 weeks) were ascertained weekly under a double-blind,(More)
We measured the ability of the cannabinoid agonists delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol and R(+)-[2,3,-dihydro-5-methyl-3- [(morpholinyl)methyl]pyrrolo[1,2,3-de]-1,4-benzoxazin-yl]-(1-napht halenyl) methanone mesylate (WIN 55,212-2) to stimulate guanosine-5'-O-(3-[35S]thio)triphosphate ([35S]GTP gamma S) binding in mouse brain membranes. delta(More)