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Special Issue "Cannabis: Chemical Compositions and Molecular Pharmacology"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioactives and Nutraceuticals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020).

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Dear Colleagues,

Cannabis has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. Although Cannabis was illegal in most of the world during the 20th century, it has recently seen a revival in medicinal applications, and legalization has served to increase its use in medicine. Cannabis has been noted for its sedative, anticonvulsant, and pain-relieving qualities, and its potential benefit for treating psychiatric disorders. The demand for Cannabis for medicinal use requires standardization: the chemical compositions of Cannabis can vary widely, and adulteration may be problematic. For this Special Issue, we invite original research and timely reviews on the chemical compositions of Cannabis, variations in composition, potential contaminants and adulterants, as well as the molecular aspects of pharmacology and toxicology.

Prof. William N. Setzer
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Targeting Cannabinoid Receptors: Current Status and Prospects of Natural Products
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21(14), 5064; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21145064 - 17 Jul 2020
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Cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), as part of the endocannabinoid system, play a critical role in numerous human physiological and pathological conditions. Thus, considerable efforts have been made to develop ligands for CB1 and CB2, resulting in hundreds of phyto- and synthetic cannabinoids [...] Read more.
Cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), as part of the endocannabinoid system, play a critical role in numerous human physiological and pathological conditions. Thus, considerable efforts have been made to develop ligands for CB1 and CB2, resulting in hundreds of phyto- and synthetic cannabinoids which have shown varying affinities relevant for the treatment of various diseases. However, only a few of these ligands are clinically used. Recently, more detailed structural information for cannabinoid receptors was revealed thanks to the powerfulness of cryo-electron microscopy, which now can accelerate structure-based drug discovery. At the same time, novel peptide-type cannabinoids from animal sources have arrived at the scene, with their potential in vivo therapeutic effects in relation to cannabinoid receptors. From a natural products perspective, it is expected that more novel cannabinoids will be discovered and forecasted as promising drug leads from diverse natural sources and species, such as animal venoms which constitute a true pharmacopeia of toxins modulating diverse targets, including voltage- and ligand-gated ion channels, G protein-coupled receptors such as CB1 and CB2, with astonishing affinity and selectivity. Therefore, it is believed that discovering novel cannabinoids starting from studying the biodiversity of the species living on planet earth is an uncharted territory. Full article
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