Keywords

cannabis, endocannabinoid receptor, endocannabinoid system

Abstract

Our bodies produce complex substrates called endocannabinoids, which attach to the endocannabinoid system (ECS) receptors and impact many physiologic processes. Current research on the ECS and cannabis-based medications is accelerating in the presence of continued conflict between federal and state laws. In this article we present a summary of the latest information on the ECS, its receptors, and current research on the cannabis-based medicines and their potential to treat various disease pathologies and medical conditions. Our study includes the latest information on the continued legal ramifications nurse practitioners face in treating patients with these medications.

Original Publication Citation

Jarvis, S., *Rasmussen, S., & Winters, B. A. (2017). Role of the endocannabinoid system and medical cannabis. Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2017-06-17

Publisher

The Journal for Nurse Practitioners

Language

English

College

Nursing

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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Other Nursing Commons

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