The release of 2-AG, a natural endocannabinoid that is suggested to be the brain's equivalent to THC, dampens down seizure activity but increases post-seizure oxygen deprivation in the brain.
A naturally occurring molecule produced by the brain activates endocannabinoid receptors, protecting against stress by reducing anxiety-producing connections between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex. The findings may help explain why people turn to marijuana when they feel anxious or stressed.
Vanderbilt researchers have mapped a signaling system in the brain that appears to be linked to autism.
Researchers report deficiencies of natural cannabinoids could result in a predisposition for developing depression and PTSD. Boosting the system could help in treating stress related disorders.
A new study reports sleep loss enhances endocannabinoid levels, causing hunger and a stronger desire to indulge in snacking.
Researchers have discovered a lipid that may act as a 'switch' to increase or decrease the motivation to consume nicotine.