Structure of a cannabinoid receptor and functional expression of the cloned cDNA

@article{Matsuda1990StructureOA,
  title={Structure of a cannabinoid receptor and functional expression of the cloned cDNA},
  author={Lisa A. Matsuda and Stephen J Lolait and Michael J. Brownstein and Alice C. Young and Tom I. Bonner},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1990},
  volume={346},
  pages={561-564}
}
MARIJUANA and many of its constituent cannabinoids influence the central nervous system (CNS) in a complex and dose-dependent manner1,2. Although CNS depression and analgesia are well documented effects of the cannabinoids, the mechanisms responsible for these and other cannabinoid-induced effects are not so far known3. The hydrophobic nature of these substances has suggested that cannabinoids resemble anaesthetic agents in their action, that is, they nonspecifically disrupt cellular membranes… 

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