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Adv Exp Med Biol. 2019;1162:1-12. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-21737-2_1.

Endocannabinoid System Components: Overview and Tissue Distribution.

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1
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ, USA.
2
Department of Biology, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, USA. Onaivie@wpunj.edu.

Abstract

Marijuana/cannabinoid research has been transformed into mainstream science during the last half-century. Evidence based research and remarkable biotechnological advances demonstrate that phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoid (eCBs) acting on cannabinoid receptors (CBRs) regulate various aspects of human physiological, behavioral, immunological and metabolic functions. The distribution and function of the components of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the central nervous system (CNS) and immune processes have garnished significant research focus with major milestones. With these advances in biotechnology, rapid extension of the ECS research in the periphery has gained momentum. In this chapter, we review the components and tissue distribution of this previously unknown but ubiquitous and complex ECS that is involved in almost all aspects of mammalian physiology and pathology.

KEYWORDS:

Cannabinoid receptors; Cannabinoids; Cannabis; Endocannabinoids

PMID:
31332731
DOI:
10.1007/978-3-030-21737-2_1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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