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In pharmacology, cannabinoids are "compounds having the cannabinoid structure. They were originally extracted from Cannabis sativa L. The most pharmacologically active constituents are tetrahydrocannabinol; cannabinol; and cannabidiol."[1]

Synthetic cannaboids, known as K2, Spice, Demon or Genie are also used for narcotic actions.[2][3]

Medical uses

Cannabinoids may reduce vomiting from chemotherapy.[4]

Cannabinoids do not seem to help dementia.[5]

Dronabinol, in a single study, may be worse than placebo for neuropathic pain associated with spinal cord injury.[6]


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  4. Phillips RS, Gopaul S, Gibson F, Houghton E, Craig JV, Light K et al. (2010). "Antiemetic medication for prevention and treatment of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting in childhood.". Cochrane Database Syst Rev (9): CD007786. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD007786.pub2. PMID 20824866. Research Blogging.
  5. Krishnan S, Cairns R, Howard R (2009). "Cannabinoids for the treatment of dementia.". Cochrane Database Syst Rev (2): CD007204. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD007204.pub2. PMID 19370677. Research Blogging.
  6. Snedecor SJ, Sudharshan L, Cappelleri JC, Sadosky A, Desai P, Jalundhwala YJ et al. (2013). "Systematic review and comparison of pharmacologic therapies for neuropathic pain associated with spinal cord injury.". J Pain Res 6: 539-47. DOI:10.2147/JPR.S45966. PMID 23874121. PMC PMC3712802. Research Blogging.