Endocannabinoid enhancer

An endocannabinoid enhancer (eCBE) is a type of cannabinoidergic[1] drug that enhances the activity of the endocannabinoid system by increasing extracellular concentrations of endocannabinoids.[2][3][4][5] Examples of different types of eCBEs include fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibitors, monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) inhibitors, and endocannabinoid transporter (eCBT) inhibitors (or "endocannabinoid reuptake inhibitors" ("eCBRIs")).[2][3][4][5] An example of an actual eCBE is AM404, the active metabolite of the analgesic paracetamol (acetaminophen; Tylenol) and a dual FAAH inhibitor and eCBRI.[6][7][8]

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