So far, more than 100 different types of cannabinoids have been identified and there is a growing body of evidence supporting the benefits of this class of compounds in offering symptomatic relief for a wide variety of chronic health conditions




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Over time, extensive R&D on the potential health benefits of cannabis, have enabled medical researchers to identify a number of pharmacologically active ingredients that offer clinical benefit, minus the addictive properties of the crude substance. Currently, several stakeholders in the pharmaceutical industry are actively engaged in the efforts to develop leads based on natural and synthetic derivatives of cannabinoids.


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Key Market Insights 


Over 175 drugs targeting the endocannabinoid system are currently under development

Most cannabinoid-based drug candidates are being developed to target the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Nearly 45% of such drugs are presently being investigated in clinical trials, while 50% are in the preclinical / discovery phase. Majority of these therapies (60%) are designed for oral administration.


More than 60 companies claim to develop endocannabinoid system targeted therapeutics

Post 2010, there has been a significant rise in the number of companies working in this domain; such companies represent 63% of the total number of players. Majority of the firms engaged in this domain (74%) are based in North America, followed by those headquartered in Asia-Pacific (16%), Europe (8%) and Latin America (2%). 


Partnership activity has grown at an annualized rate of 35%, between 2017 and 2019 

The maximum number of partnerships were observed in 2019 within this segment of the pharmaceutical industry. Majority of these agreements were reported to have been inked for research purposes (20%). In addition, more than 35 merger / acquisition deal were signed between 2016 and 2020; service / facility expansion emerged as the most prominent key value drivers for such agreements.


Close to 600 grants were awarded for supporting research on endocannabinoid system targeted therapeutics, since 2016

Almost 45% of the total amount awarded in the form of grants, was under the R01 (in support of health-related research and development based on the mission of the NIH) mechanism. Further, grants (394) worth USD 147 million were awarded to research projects related to endocannabinoid system.


At present, therapies intended for the treatment of neurological disorders represent the majority share of the overall endocannabinoid system targeted therapeutics market

Most of the therapies targeting neurological disorders are intended for the treatment of epilepsy. In addition to neurological disorders, therapies intended for autoimmune disorders, cancer and genetic disorders are likely to capture significant market opportunity in the foreseen future.


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Key Questions Answered

  • Who are the leading industry players in this market?
  • What are the key clinical conditions addressed by endocannabinoid system targeted therapeutics?
  • What are the biological receptors targeted by cannabinoid-based therapies?
  • What are the factors that are likely to influence the evolution of this market?
  • What are the initiatives undertaken by start-ups and big pharma players engaged in this domain?
  • What kind of partnership models are commonly adopted by stakeholders in this industry?
  • How is the current and future market opportunity likely to be distributed across key market segments?


The over USD 5 billion (by 2030) financial opportunity within the endocannabinoid system targeted therapeutics market has been analyzed across the following segments:

  • Target Disease Indication
  • Cancer
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Neurological Indications
  • Others


  • Route of Administration
  • Oral
  • Inhalation


  • Key Geographies
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific and the Rest of the World


The report features inputs from eminent industry stakeholders, according to whom, endocannabinoid system targeted therapeutics are considered as a promising alternative for the treatment of a diverse array of symptoms associated with a myriad of human diseases. The report includes detailed transcripts of the discussions held with industry experts.


The research includes detailed profiles of key players (listed below); each profile features an overview of the company, its financial information (if available), drug portfolio, recent developments and an informed future outlook.

  • GW Pharmaceuticals
  • Corbus Pharmaceuticals
  • Tilray
  • Tetra Bio-Pharma
  • Botanix Pharmaceuticals
  • Kalytera Therapeutics
  • Therapix Biosciences
  • Echo Pharmaceuticals
  • Avicanna
  • GB Sciences


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