, Volume 59, Issue 3, pp 293–297 | Cite as

Anticonvulsant action of cannabis in the rat: Role of brain monoamines

  • P. Ghosh
  • S. K. Bhattacharya
Original Investigations


The role of brain monoamines in the anticonvulsant action of Cannabis indica resin (CI), against maximal electroshock-induced seizures in albino rats, was investigated by using pharmacologic agents that influence brain monoamine activity. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol content of cannabis resin was estimated to be 17%. The anticonvulsant action of CI (200 mg/kg, i.p.) was significantly inhibited after pretreatment with drugs that reduce brain serotonin activity but not by drugs that reduce brain catecholamine activity. Similarly, the anticonvulsant action of a subanticonvulsant dose (50 mg/kg, i.p.) of CI was potentiated by serotonin precursors but not by catecholamine precursors. Potentiation of the anticonvulsant action of CI by nialamide or by imipramine was inhibited after pretreatment with 5,6-dihydroxytrypt-amine. The results suggest that the anticonvulsant action of CI in the rat is serotonin- and not catecholamine-mediated.

Key words

Cannabis indica Anticonvulsant action Brain monoamines 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Ghosh
    • 1
  • S. K. Bhattacharya
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Medical SciencesBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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