Cannabinoids and neuroprotection in CNS inflammatory disease

J Neurol Sci. 2005 Jun 15;233(1-2):21-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2005.03.002.


The current failure of potent immunosuppressive agents to control progressive disease in multiple sclerosis has moved a focus from immunotherapy towards the need for neuroprotection. There is increasing evidence for cannabinoid-mediated control of symptoms, which is being more supported by the underlying biology. However there is accumulating evidence in vitro and in vivo to support the hypothesis that the cannabinoid system can limit the neurodegenerative possesses that drive progressive disease, and may provide a new avenue for disease control.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cannabinoids / therapeutic use*
  • Central Nervous System Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / etiology
  • Inflammation / prevention & control
  • Multiple Sclerosis / drug therapy
  • Neuroprotective Agents / therapeutic use*


  • Cannabinoids
  • Neuroprotective Agents