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The potential for clinical use of cannabinoids in treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

Authors
  • Durst, Ronen1
  • Lotan, Chaim
  • 1 Cardiology Division, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cardiovascular therapeutics
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2011
Volume
29
Issue
1
Pages
17–22
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-5922.2010.00233.x
PMID: 20946323
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Cannabinoids, the constituents of the marijuana plant and their analogs, have not only neurobehavioral but also cardiovascular effects. Great advances in the last couple of decades have led to better understanding of the physiological effects of the cannabinoids and of their role in various cardiovascular pathologies. The potential therapeutic use of cannabinoids in various cardiac diseases, such as ischemic injury, heart failure, and cardiac arrhythmias, has been studied in animal models. The purpose of this article is to review the physiological cardiovascular properties of cannabinoids and to summarize the knowledge related to their potential therapeutic use.

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