ACS Cent Sci. 2022 Feb 23;8(2):156-168. doi: 10.1021/acscentsci.1c01100. Epub 2022 Jan 26.
At the intersection of science and medicine, government policy, and pop culture, cannabis has prompted society since the beginning of recorded history. And yet, there is comparatively little replicable data on the plant, its constituents, and their capacity to modify human physiology. Over the past decades, several findings have pointed toward the importance of the endogenous cannabinoid system in maintaining homeostasis, making it an important target for various diseases. Here, we summarize the current state of knowledge on endogenous- and plant-based cannabinoids, address the issues related to cannabinoid-based drug discovery, and incite efforts to utilize their polypharmacological profile toward tackling diseases with a complex underlying pathophysiology. By fusing modern science and technology with the empirical data that has been gathered over centuries, we propose an outlook that could help us overcome the dearth of innovation for new drugs and synchronously redefine the future of drug discovery. Simultaneously, we call attention to the startling disconnect between the scientific, regulatory, and corporate entities that is becoming increasingly evident in this booming industry.
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