“The endocannabinoid system has a key role in female reproduction, including implantation, decidualization and placentation. A growing number of studies indicate that placental and peripheral blood anandamide levels correlate closely with both spontaneous miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.
Anandamide has also been implicated in blood pressure regulation.
In this study, we aimed to determine circulating anandamide levels in preeclampsia for the first time in the literature…
In conclusion, we demonstrated for the first time in the literature that serum anandamide concentrations are decreased in women with preeclampsia.”
“Osteoarthritis is a complex and often painful disease that is inadequately controlled with current analgesics. This review discusses emerging targets and therapeutic approaches that may lead to the development of better analgesics…
Aberrant excitability in peripheral and central pain pathways drives osteoarthritis pain, reversing this via modulation of nerve growth factor, voltage-gated sodium channel, voltage-gated calcium channel and transient receptor potential vanilloid one activity, and increasing inhibitory mechanisms through modulation of cannabinoid and descending modulatory systems hold promise for osteoarthritis pain therapy.”
“Leptin is an anorexigenic mediator that reduces food intake by acting on hypothalamic receptor, Ob-Rb. In contrast, endocannabinoids are orexigenic mediators that act via cannabinoid CB1 receptors in hypothalamus, limbic forebrain, and brainstem.
In the peripheral taste system, leptin administration selectively inhibits behavioral, taste nerve and taste cell responses to sweet compounds. Opposing the action of leptin, endocannabinoids enhance sweet taste responses.
Taken together, our results suggest that circulating leptin, but not local endocannabinoids, may be a dominant modulator for sweet taste in lean mice; however, endocannabinoids may become more effective modulators of sweet taste under conditions of deficient leptin signaling, possibly due to increased production of endocannabinoids in taste tissue.”
“Peripheral cannabinoid receptor, CB2, regulates bone mass… These results demonstrate that the endocannabinoid system is essential for the maintenance of normal bone mass by osteoblastic and osteoclastic CB2 signaling. Hence, CB2 offers a molecular target for the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, the most prevalent degenerative disease in developed countries.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1334629/
“Age-related osteoporosis is characterized by reduced bone formation and accumulation of fat in the bone marrow compartment.
Here, we report that the type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1) regulates this process…
The CB1 receptor is therefore unique in that it regulates peak bone mass through an effect on osteoclast activity, but protects against age-related bone loss by regulating adipocyte and osteoblast differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells.”
“Δ9 -tetrahydrocannabinol (∆9 -THC) is a cannabinoid CB1 /CB2 receptor agonist that produces therapeutic effects such as analgesia and anti-emetic effects…
Collectively, the current results show that pharmacological increases in endogenous AEA and 2-AG simultaneously through inhibition of FAAH and MAGL, respectively, mimics the discriminative stimulus effects of Δ9 -THC.”