The Endocannabinoid System as Modulator of Exercise Benefits in Mental Health

Author(s): Sandra Amatriain-Fernández, Henning Budde, Thomas Gronwald, Carla Quiroga, Cristina Carreón, Gerardo Viana-Torre, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Claudio Imperatori, Sérgio Machado, Eric Murillo-Rodríguez*

Journal Name: Current Neuropharmacology

Volume 19 , Issue 8 , 2021

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 47 million people display mental health disorders Worldwide. In addition, epidemiological studies have shown that the extension of life expectancy and the increase in aged population will significantly impact the prevalence of several mental impairments. Although there are strategies for preventing and alleviating mental illnesses, such as pharmacological and psychological approaches, limited results have been observed. Thus, the search for new therapeutics for managing psychiatric disorders has explored multiple roads. In recent years, it has been demonstrated that physical activity and exercise promote health benefits. On the other hand, among the neurobiological systems that participate in the genesis and development of mental disruptions, the endocannabinoid system has been suggested as an active player. Supporting this hypothesis, data suggest that the elements comprising the endocannabinoid system, such as the CB1/CB2 cannabinoid receptors, endogenous ligands (N-arachidonoylethanolamine [anandamide, AEA] and 2- arachidonoylglycerol [2-AG]), transporters and the enzymes involved in the biosynthesis and degradation of the AEA and 2-AG, modulate mental diseases. In this review, we discuss that the endocannabinoid system might be considered as a modulator for the positive outcomes of exercise in the management of mental disorders. Clinically, this promising field might be exploited by targeting the elements of the endocannabinoid system aimed to increase the exercise benefits applied to patients with mental illnesses.

Keywords: Anandamide, endocannabinoids, physical activity, mental health, exercise, depression.

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Year: 2021
Published on: 17 December, 2020
Page: [1304 - 1322]
Pages: 19
DOI: 10.2174/1570159X19666201218112748
Price: $65

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