In this review, we briefly summarized our knowledge of cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system, focusing on the CB1R and the CNS. Int J Mol Sci. Mar 13;19(3). pii: E doi: /ijms Cannabinoid Receptors and the Endocannabinoid System: Signaling and Function in. The therapeutic potential of targeting the endocannabinoid system and certain plant-derived cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabivarin, .
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A second cannabinoid named CB2 was also identified at this time, which takes presence throughout the immune system and the peripheral nervous system. The discovery of these receptors resulted in the uncovering of naturally occurring neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids. In , at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Dr.
Lumir Hanus along with American researcher Dr. William Devane discovered the endocannabinoid anandamide. The same team later discovered a second-major endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol 2-AG and went on to uncover the less known endocannabinoids; homo-gamma-lineleoul ethanolamide, docosatetraenoul ethanolamide DEA , and noladin ether 2-AGE. Including N-arachidonoyldopamin NADA , there are over a handful of endocannabinoids that have been identified, along with another handful of G- coupled protein receptors that interact with these endocannabinoids.
In the pursuit of unearthing the metabolic pathways of phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids, scientists came across an unknown molecular signaling system within the body that is involved in regulating a broad range of biological functions.
This system was named the endocannabinoid system ECS. The ECS performs multiple tasks, but the goal is always to maintain a stable environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.
It is the system that creates homeostasis within the body. When an imbalance is detected within our internal environment, the body synthesizes endocannabinoids that interact with the cannabinoid receptors. This stimulates a chemical response that works to return the physiological process back to homeostasis. However, in some cases, there is a deficiency in ECS signaling.
This condition is known as Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency. Reasons to as why this condition occurs ranges from our body not synthesizing enough endocannabinoids, our bodies not producing enough cannabinoid receptors, an abundance of enzymes that break down cannabinoids, or outside sources such as foods and medications that decrease ECS signaling. The phytocannabinoids contained in cannabis can be used to supplement this deficiency. By stimulating and supporting your endocannabinoid system one can find relief from a multitude of illnesses and conditions.
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Various drugs have various stereotypes. Further to the studies modulating endocannabinoid levels, administration of exocannabinoids in experimental colitis has largely demonstrated similar benefit. The phytocannabinoid CBD has been most extensively studied. Despite these promising findings, CBD has been shown to worsen LPS-induced pulmonary inflammation in mice and so some caution should be maintained.
Other exocannabinoids which have been beneficial at ameliorating colitis include MFF [an extract of medicinal cannabis], cannabigerol, and cannabichromene. Better understanding of the molecular wiring of the endocannabinoid system in the mammalian intestine may enable development of more specific models capable of interrogating the potential protective effects of this pathway via genetic ablation approaches.
Further investigation of ECS modulation in other models of IBD and intestinal inflammation, such as Citrobacter rodentium and Helicobacter hepaticus , would be informative. Several questionnaire-based studies have confirmed current use of cannabis in 6. A summary of clinical studies and trials of cannabis and cannabinoids in human IBD. Studies consistently demonstrate use of cannabis in patients with IBD, frequently for symptom relief. As yet, no clinical trials of cannabinoids in IBD have met their primary endpoints but demonstrate improvements in symptoms, quality of life, and clinical severity scores.
Data extracted from references 60, —, , Alternatively, the choice of patients with medically refractory disease in this trial may mask subtle benefits. Smoking is well known to be associated with a more difficult-to-treat disease, and this may mask an effect of CBD.
Inhaled Cannabis sativa containing THC has been trialled in patients with extensive or left-sided UC refractory to medications, including thiopurines and biological agents, and published in abstract form. Improvements were seen in terms of abdominal pain, appetite, and general satisfaction, with no clear safety signals.
Participants were required to be on either no or stable dose of 5-aminosalicylic acid [5ASA] before entry. Importantly, this trial incorporated endoscopic evaluation and measurement of CRP and faecal calprotectin as objective measures of inflammation, alongside clinical scoring. The trial failed to meet the primary endpoint of clinical remission, but a reduction in Mayo score and improvement in quality of life were favoured by GW There is a need for cannabinoids which do not have neuropsychiatric side effects—THCA, discussed earlier, may be beneficial in this regard.
It is interesting to hypothesise why the experimental data are not yet translating into meaningful improvements for patients. This may simply represent immunological differences between species; or that chemical experimental colitis models are insufficient to accurately model human IBD; or that the route of drug administration is wrong; or that the inclusion criteria for patients in some of these trials generally selected for patients with more advanced, and therefore inherently more difficult to treat, disease.
Research into the distribution and function of the endocannabinoid system in IBD and models of intestinal inflammation is increasing. There is accumulating evidence that enhancing signalling through cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2 has anti-inflammatory potential in the intestine in vivo.
This was the subject of a recent systematic review and meta-analysis, although this paper did not include studies of cannabinoid receptor antagonists and, as mentioned above, did include studies of LPS, oil of mustard, and croton oil-induced colitis.
Critically though, this article confirms the bias towards chemical models of colitis. Although cannabis use is fairly common in patients with IBD, particularly to relieve symptoms, the limited number of trials of exocannabinoids in IBD have not met their primary endpoints [ Figure 2 ].
Before novel therapies targeting endocannabinoids, rather than exocannabinoids, can be translated into the clinical setting for IBD, it is essential that sufficient preclinical work is completed. There is an urgent need for better reagents to interrogate the system in vitro and in vivo. Antibodies are often non-specific, , and small molecules do not necessarily target the receptor appropriately, 75 potentially resulting in misleading results. Activity-based protein profiling [ABPP] can be used not only to profile activity of these enzymes in cells and tissues, but also identify off-target effects of inhibitors on other enzymes within this family, but has not yet been employed in human IBD.
The development of single-cell techniques opens up the possibility of better understanding ECS tone in individual cells. It is entirely plausible that the ECS functions in the gut in a similar way to the central nervous system where signals are sent between cells to modify neurotransmission. At present though, it is difficult to make firm recommendations on the benefit or risk of cannabinoids in the management of the inflammation associated with human IBD.
It should not be overlooked, however, that a beneficial effect of cannabinoids on symptom control in patients with IBD is possible. There are well-documented effects of ECS modulation on gastrointestinal motility. Polymorphisms in FAAH 50 and CB1 have been associated with subtypes of irritable bowel syndrome in humans, and in vivo administration of CB1 antagonists reverses the inhibition of gastrointestinal motility seen with cannabinoid agonists.
This has many features similar to cyclic vomiting syndrome, a condition which has associations with CB1 polymorphisms. The ECS, cannabinoids, and modulation of pain, including in visceral hypersensitivity associated with chronic stress, are inextricably linked and have been the subject of many reviews [including and ].
Indeed, nabiximols [a combination of THC and CBD] is licensed for the treatment of spasticity and spasms in multiple sclerosis, with some effects on pain in this condition. Any benefit of cannabis, cannabinoids, and ECS modulation in IBD has to be carefully balanced against the potential myriad negative, including neuropsychiatric, side effects. Relevant to the rise in addiction to prescribed and illicit opiates, and the associated adverse health outcomes, there are valuable preclinical data suggesting overlap between the endocannabinoid and opioid systems.
As calls for medicinal cannabis for treatment of epilepsy and other conditions intensify, it is all the more pressing that we better understand the effects of cannabinoids on human diseases—not just to identify novel applications, whether for symptomatic relief or as anti-inflammatory agents, but also to reduce the risk of exposing our patients to harm.
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How the Endocannabinoid System was Discovered
After several decades of research, scientists studying the effects of marijuana made several important discoveries. Not only did they identify the active ingredient. When it comes to cannabinoid based medicine, people often think of the two major cannabinoids THC and CBD. Most people however, are. Cannabinoid science. Medical marijuana research led to the discovery of The Endocannabinoid System, an important system in the human body.