endocannabinoid

Cannabidiol reduces the aggressiveness induced by social isolation, a new study finds. The research, based on a mouse model, was conducted by scientists at the University of São Paulo’s Ribeirão Preto Medical School (FMRP-USP). “Our study shows that cannabidiol can inhibit aggressiveness and that it does so by facilitating the activation of two receptors: the… Read more

The growth of inhibitory synapses is specifically stimulated in the vicinity of excitatory synapses, researchers at Utrecht University have discovered. The vast majority of synapses are excitatory, which increase the activity of the receiving neuron. Around 10 to 20 percent of synapses have the opposite effect, and are called inhibitory. “Excitatory and inhibitory synapses create… Read more

The cannabinoid 1 receptor appears to act as a kind of “sensor” with which neurons measure and control the activity of certain immune cells in the brain, a recent study from the University of Bonn indicates. If this sensor function fails, chronic inflammation may result — probably representing the beginning of a dangerous vicious circle… Read more

Endocannabinoids, a class of molecules formed when the body metabolizes omega-3 fatty acids, could inhibit cancer’s growth and spread, University of Illinois researchers report in a new study in mice. Endocannabinoids are made naturally by the body and have similar properties to cannabinoids found in marijuana – but without the psychotropic effects. In mice with… Read more

Coffee affects your metabolism many ways, including your metabolism of steroids and the neurotransmitters typically linked to cannabis, a new study from Northwestern Medicine reports. In a study of coffee consumption, Northwestern scientists were surprised to discover coffee changed many more metabolites in the blood than previously known. Metabolites are chemicals in the blood that… Read more