Current Pharmacology Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 1–13 | Cite as

Medicinal Use of Synthetic Cannabinoids—a Mini Review

  • P. Muralidhar Reddy
  • Nancy Maurya
  • Bharath Kumar VelmuruganEmail author
Chemical and Molecular Toxicology (J Bolton, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Chemical and Molecular Toxicology


Purpose of Review

This review gives an overview of the medicinal uses of synthetic cannabinoids and other related aspects on the basis of recent as well as earlier studies that the authors considered relevant to the context and scope of the review.

Recent Findings

Synthetic cannabinoids are laboratory synthesized products eliciting effects way more than their natural counterparts. These compounds are more potent in generating intoxicating effects and are also difficult to be detected in conventional screening tests. Their clinical side effects are also more pronounced than natural cannabinoids, and their antidotes are also not known. However, they are also therapeutically found to be very effective in many health conditions, as these act by interacting with almost ubiquitously distributed cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) in the human body and by other mechanisms also that do not involve these receptors.


All the issues related to their appropriate dosage, mode of action, acute and chronic effects in vivo, interaction with other drugs, their metabolism, etc. need much research to be done so that it will be easier to predict their different aspects in human subjects in more appropriate way. Further, development of strict legislation and regulation is required to be done so that their abuse can be curbed, and toxic effects can be reduced, but medicinal benefits and usage can be enhanced.


Synthetic cannabinoids Cannabis sativa Cannabinoid receptors Medicinal uses 


Funding Information

This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Nizam CollegeOsmania UniversityHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.School of Biotechnology, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki VishwavidyalayaBhopalIndia
  3. 3.Faculty of Applied SciencesTon Duc Thang UniversityHo Chi Minh CityVietnam

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