Behavioral Neurobiology of the Endocannabinoid System

  • Dave Kendall
  • Stephen Alexander

Part of the Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences book series (CTBN, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Genetics & Chemistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stephen P. H. Alexander, David A. Kendall
      Pages 3-35
    3. Betty Yao, Ken Mackie
      Pages 37-63
    4. Marco Mor, Alessio Lodola
      Pages 87-110
    5. Krisztina Monory, Beat Lutz
      Pages 111-139
    6. Bradley E. Alger
      Pages 141-172
    7. Ken Soderstrom
      Pages 173-198
  3. Physiology and Pathophysiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 200-200
    2. Giovanni Marsicano, Pauline Lafenêtre
      Pages 201-230
    3. Devi Rani Sagar, Maulik Jhaveri, Victoria Chapman
      Pages 275-287
  4. Pathology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 308-308
    2. Zuzana Justinova, Leigh V. Panlilio, Steven R. Goldberg
      Pages 309-346
    3. Sachin Patel, Cecilia J. Hillard
      Pages 347-371
    4. Cristina Cervino, Valentina Vicennati, Renato Pasquali, Uberto Pagotto
      Pages 373-385
    5. F. Markus Leweke
      Pages 387-396
    6. Kirsten R. Müller-Vahl
      Pages 397-410
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 411-418

About this book


The endocannabinoid signalling system is one of the key modulators of central nervous function. This volume provides timely and in-depth coverage of the roles of the endocannabinoid signalling system in the neurobiology of behavior. It is essential reading for any researcher with a background in neuroscience wanting to know more about the endocannabinoids. The first section provides a comprehensive account of the component parts of the system (the signalling molecules, synthetic and degradative enzymes and receptors), their location within the central nervous system and the endocannabinoids’ roles in neural plasticity. This section also describes the toolboxes (genetic and pharmacological) used to study the system. The second section concentrates on endocannabinoid function in the control of normal physiological behaviors including a reference to the evolution of the system based on its operation in non-mammalian vertebrates. The volume concludes by addressing the importance of the endocannabinoids in pathological behaviors including affective and cognitive disorders, neurodegenerative conditions, feeding and drug abuse.


Neural Network behavior behavioral neuroscience endocannabinoid signalling system endocannabinoids neurobiology physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Dave Kendall
    • 1
  • Stephen Alexander
    • 2
  1. 1.Queen's Medical CentreUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Queen's Medical CentreUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUnited Kingdom

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