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Patenting CB1 Inhibitors

Blocking the CB1 receptor may be useful in medical conditions like metabolic syndrome, but strong inhibitors can have severe side effects.

Lower Rates of Cannabis Use after Legalization

Fearful conclusions about cannabis needs to be put in context, not aggrandized.
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The Gateway to Opiates

If there’s a gateway, it appears to be early opioid prescriptions, not cannabis.
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CB1 Kinetics

This study shows that measuring a compound’s affinity for CB1 should be done at multiple time points, otherwise the rate of internalization will confound the results.
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CB1, Gene Expression & Obesity

A new study from scientists at the University of South Carolina described how CB1 inhibition by Rimonabant leads to changes in gene regulation.
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Big Bellies: Pregnancy & Obesity

Researchers showed that the biochemical response to a high fat diet depends on whether the offspring was male or female
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Singing Praises of the ECS

Saoirse O'Sullivan's group at University of Nottingham (UK) examined the effects of singing and dancing on endocannabinoid levels
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ABHD6, an Exceptional Enzyme

Nephi Stella and other researchers at the University of Washington recently reviewed 2-AG's role in endocannabinoid signaling.
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Cannabis & Weight Loss

Weight loss and the consequent savings on health care for obesity-related complications need to be considered in economic and political analyses of cannabis legalization.
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Cannabis Use Protects the Gut in Schizophrenia

Danish researchers have found that cannabis users with schizophrenia experienced significantly fewer gut-related issues than non-cannabis users

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