“Morphine is a potent opioid analgesic used to alleviate moderate or severe pain but the development of drug tolerance and dependence limits its use in pain management.
Previous studies showed that cannabinoid type 2 (CB2) receptor ligands may modulate opioid effects. However, there is no report of the effect of CB2 receptor agonist on acute morphine tolerance and physical dependence. We therefore investigated the effect of a CB2 receptor agonist (AM1241) on morphine-induced morphine tolerance and physical dependence in mice.
Our findings suggest that coadministration of the CB2 receptor agonist and morphine could increase morphine antinociception and reduce morphine tolerance and physical dependence in mice.
Combination of a CB2 agonist and morphine may provide a new strategy for better treatment of acute and chronic pain, and prevention of opioid tolerance and dependence. This may also provide a clue for the treatment of opioid tolerance and dependence in clinic.”
“Antinociceptive Synergy between 9 -Tetrahydrocannabinol and Opioids after Oral Administration” http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/jpet/304/3/1010.full.pdf