delta 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol is a partial agonist of cannabinoid receptors in mouse brain.Eur J Pharmacol. 1997 Apr 04; 323(2-3):R3-4.EJ
We measured the ability of the cannabinoid agonists delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol and R(+)-[2,3,-dihydro-5-methyl-3- [(morpholinyl)methyl]pyrrolo[1,2,3-de]-1,4-benzoxazin-yl]-(1-napht halenyl) methanone mesylate (WIN 55,212-2) to stimulate guanosine-5'-O-(3-[35S]thio)triphosphate ([35S]GTP gamma S) binding in mouse brain membranes. delta 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol stimulated [35S]GTP gamma S binding by about 25% as compared to WIN 55,212-2. This is the first report demonstrating that delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol acts as a partial agonist in stimulating [35S]GTP gamma S binding in the mouse brain.