An endocannabinoid mechanism for stress-induced analgesia

@article{Hohmann2005AnEM,
  title={An endocannabinoid mechanism for stress-induced analgesia},
  author={Andrea G. Hohmann and Richard Lee Suplita and Nathan M. Bolton and Mark H. Neely and Darren Fegley and Regina A. Mangieri and Jocelyn F Krey and J. Michael Walker and Philip V. Holmes and Jonathon D. Crystal and Andrea Duranti and Andrea Tontini and Marco Mor and Giorgio Tarzia and Daniele Piomelli},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2005},
  volume={435},
  pages={1108-1112}
}
Acute stress suppresses pain by activating brain pathways that engage opioid or non-opioid mechanisms. Here we show that an opioid-independent form of this phenomenon, termed stress-induced analgesia, is mediated by the release of endogenous marijuana-like (cannabinoid) compounds in the brain. Blockade of cannabinoid CB1 receptors in the periaqueductal grey matter of the midbrain prevents non-opioid stress-induced analgesia. In this region, stress elicits the rapid formation of two endogenous… 
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