Cannabinoid Modulation of Nociception and Nociceptor Activity During Inflammation
Health Program Specialist
Office of Training, Career Development, and Workplace Diversity
National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke
National Institutes of Health
The analgesic properties of cannabis have been noted for centuries. However, the use of cannabis to treat pain is limited due to its psychoactive properties and abuse liability. Previous studies using models of both acute and persistent pain have demonstrated that locally administered cannabinoid receptor agonists produce peripherally mediated antihyperalgesia. These studies suggest that targeting peripheral cannabinoid receptors maybe a useful therapeutic approach to treat pain. We are interested in determing how locally administered cananbinoids affect primary afferent nociceptors.
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