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Cannabis has been at the center of one of the most exciting—and underreported—developments in modern science. Research on marijuana’s effects led directly to the discovery of a hitherto unknown biochemical communication system in the human body, the Endocannabiod System, which plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood, and everyday experience.

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Saoirse O'Sullivan's group at University of Nottingham (UK) examined the effects of singing and dancing on endocannabinoid levels
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Nephi Stella and other researchers at the University of Washington recently reviewed 2-AG's role in endocannabinoid signaling.
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Two contradictory studies underscores why preclinical research is only a first step in developing medicines
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Unbalanced cannabinoid tone appears to play a role in chronic kidney disease, with CB1 receptors overactivated and CB2 receptors dificient.
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A comparison of the antitumoral activity of single-molecule THC and whole plant cannabis oil.
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A study led by scientists in Spain indicates that the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in the treatment of HER2-positive cancer.
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An “orphan receptor” is the term for a receptor in the body whose natural activator is not known.
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The study also provides support for using CBD as a first-line treatment for epilepsy, rather than a last resort.

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