Cannabinoid system in neurodegeneration: new perspectives in Alzheimer's disease

Mini Rev Med Chem. 2009 May;9(5):539-59. doi: 10.2174/138955709788167628.


Alzheimer's disease is a chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disorder. The presence of functional cannabinoid CB2 receptors in central nervous system (CNS) has provoked that this receptor and its agonist ligands are now considered as promising pharmacological targets for neurological diseases. Herein, we review the evidences supporting the potential role of the ECS as a therapeutic target, focused on CB2 receptor and its ligands, for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alzheimer Disease / metabolism*
  • Alzheimer Disease / therapy
  • Animals
  • Biological Transport
  • Cannabinoid Receptor Modulators / biosynthesis
  • Cannabinoid Receptor Modulators / metabolism*
  • Cannabinoids / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Ligands
  • Receptors, Cannabinoid / metabolism*


  • Cannabinoid Receptor Modulators
  • Cannabinoids
  • Ligands
  • Receptors, Cannabinoid