Intrathecal Administration of the Cannabinoid 2 Receptor Agonist JWH015 Can Attenuate Cancer Pain and Decrease mRNA Expression of the 2B Subunit of N-Methyl-d-Aspartic Acid

“Pain has a negative impact on the quality of life in cancer patients…

…we hypothesized that a cannabinoid receptor agonist might be a novel therapy for cancer pain. Taking into consideration the side effects of a CB1 receptor agonist (which limits their clinical application), we chose a CB2 receptor agonist to investigate its effect in cancer pain…

 Recent clinical trials have demonstrated that cannabinoids may have significant positive effects in refractory chronic and cancer pain. The cannabinoids are thought to exert most of their effects by binding to G protein–coupled cannabinoid receptors, which include 2 cloned metabotropic receptors: cannabinoid (CB)1 and CB2…

CONCLUSION: These data indicated that intrathecal administration of cannabinoid receptor agonists might relieve cancer pain… These results also suggested that cannabinoids might be a useful alternative or adjunct therapy for relieving cancer pain.

The use of a CB2 receptor agonist could be a novel option for treatment of cancer pain.”

 

 http://www.anesthesia-analgesia.org/content/113/2/405.long

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