Mice Study Suggests This Synthetic Cannabinoid Can Reduce Essential Tremor

Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op

Share via email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Open more share options Breadcrumb Trail Links World News News Mice study suggests this synthetic cannabinoid can reduce essential tremor Rather than focusing on neurons, WIN55,212-2 turns on overlooked cells in the central nervous system. Author of the article: Angela Stelmakowich The involuntary shaking resulting from essential tremor “can be extremely inhibitory and seriously reduce the patient's quality of life.” / PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have found that injecting mice with a specific synthetic cannabinoid activates the support cells of their spinals cord and brains, thereby helping to reduce essential tremor (ET).

“We discovered that an injection with the cannabinoid WIN55,212-2 into the spinal cord turns on the astrocytes in the spinal cord and prompts them to release the substance adenosine, which subsequently reduces nerve activity and, thus, the undesired shaking,” explains Jean-François Perrier, study leader and an associate professor with the university’s Department of Neuroscience.

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