Steven G Kinsey's stess and endocannabinoid research lab at West Virginia University

Welcome!

We research stress and the endocannabinoid system. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in working in our lab are encouraged to contact Dr. Kinsey by email. 

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What are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are cannabis-like signalling molecules. Our research looks into ways that cannabinoids affect behavior and inflammation.
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Drug Abuse

Repeated use of cannabinoids and opioids can induce drug dependence. We model these psychological states in mice and examine endocannabinoid and endocrine targets for the development of new therepeutics.
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Inflammation & Pain

Both cannabinoids and stress affect immune function and inflammation. We study a range of inflammatory models using cannabinoids and traditional analgesics to reduce inflammatory disorders.
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