Cannabidiol potentiates pharmacological effects of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol via CB1 receptor-dependent mechanism

Kazuhide Hayakawa, Kenichi Mishima, Mai Hazekawa, Kazunori Sano, Keiichi Irie, Kensuke Orito, Takashi Egawa, Yoshihisa Kitamura, Naoki Uchida, Ryoji Nishimura, Nobuaki Egashira, Katsunori Iwasaki, Michihiro Fujiwara

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Cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, has been reported to have interactions with Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC). However, such interactions have not sufficiently been clear and may have important implications for understanding the pharmacological effects of marijuana. In the present study, we investigated whether cannabidiol modulates the pharmacological effects of Δ9-THC on locomotor activity, catalepsy-like immobilisation, rectal temperature and spatial memory in the eight-arm radial maze task in mice. In addition, we measured expression level of cannabinoid CB1 receptor at striatum, cortex, hippocampus and hypothalamus. Δ9-THC (1, 3, 6 and 10 mg/kg) induced hypoactivity, catalepsy-like immobilisation and hypothermia in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, Δ9-THC (1, 3 and 6 mg/kg) dose-dependently impaired spatial memory in eight-arm radial maze. On the other hand, cannabidiol (1, 3, 10, 25 and 50 mg/kg) did not affect locomotor activity, catalepsy-like immobilisation, rectal temperature and spatial memory on its own. However, higher dose of cannabidiol (10 or 50 mg/kg) exacerbated pharmacological effects of lower dose of Δ9-THC, such as hypoactivity, hypothermia and impairment of spatial memory. Moreover, cannabidiol (50 mg/kg) with Δ9-THC (1 mg/kg) enhanced the expression level of CB1 receptor expression in hippocampus and hypothalamus. Cannabidiol potentiated pharmacological effects of Δ9-THC via CB1 receptor-dependent mechanism. These findings may contribute in setting the basis for interaction of cannabinoids and to find a cannabinoid mechanism in central nervous system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-164
Number of pages8
JournalBrain Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 10 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology

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