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Molecules. 2019 Dec 17;24(24). pii: E4626. doi: 10.3390/molecules24244626.

Endocannabinoid System in the Airways.

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Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Hacettepe University, Ankara 06100, Turkey.


Cannabinoids and the mammalian endocannabinoid system is an important research area of interest and attracted many researchers because of their widespread biological effects. The significant immune-modulatory role of cannabinoids has suggested their therapeutic use in several inflammatory conditions. Airways are prone to environmental irritants and stimulants, and increased inflammation is an important process in most of the respiratory diseases. Therefore, the main strategies for treating airway diseases are suppression of inflammation and producing bronchodilation. The ability of cannabinoids to induce bronchodilation and modify inflammation indicates their importance for airway physiology and pathologies. In this review, the contribution of cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system in the airways are discussed, and the existing data for their therapeutic use in airway diseases are presented.


airway; cannabinoid receptor; cannabinoids; endocannabinoids; fatty acid amide hydrolase; monoacylglycerol lipase

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