Enhanced sweet taste: Endocannabinoids act directly on tongue taste receptors

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 12:28 in Health & Medicine

New findings show that endocannabinoids act directly on tongue taste receptors to specifically enhance sweet taste. The findings suggest that modulation of sweet taste responses may be an important component of the endocannabinoid system's role in regulating feeding behavior and may open doors to the development of novel therapeutic compounds to combat metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Endocannabinoids are substances similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

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