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Study Shows Marijuana Can Treat PTSD

ptsd marijuana cannabisCourtesy of The Joint Blog

A new study e-published ahead of print by Neuropsychopharmacology, the official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, has determined that cannabinoids can help treat, or even prevent, the effects of PTSD.

Scientists from the Department of Psychology of the University of Haifa in Israel examined rat models suffering from shock-induced PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). The rats were each given an injection of either a cannabinoid receptor agonist (a substance that mimics the effects of cannabis) or a control placebo 2 hours after the shock.

After a week the scientists examined the rats and found that the initial shock coupled with situational reminders of the trauma caused lasting alterations in emotional processing in the mice, as well as impaired extinction of the traumatic event (lasting fear), enhanced latency to startle, impaired plasticity in the hippocmapal-accumbens pathway and altered expression of CB1 receptors and glucocorticoid receptors in multiple areas of the brain (CA1, basolateral amygdala and the prefrontal cortex).

Results for the rats that had been given the cannabinoid agonist showed that the agonist prevented the effects the shock had on emotional processing, extinction, plasticity and startle response – and corrected abnormalities in the CA1 and prefrontal cortext areas of the brain.

Post traumatic stress disorder affects roughly 7.7 million adults in the U.S., and symptoms can range from insomnia, depression and anxiety to flashbacks, self-destructive behavior and even suicidal thoughts and tendencies.

The results of this study, which have also been published by the National Institute of Health, can be found by clicking here.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

  • Valient

    When the recent study came out that said cannabis does affect some portions of the brain, but we’re not really sure what effects, if any, it has, every news media outlet, the DEA, and the NIDA jumped onto the bandwagon and said “See! We told you it causes brain damage.” But all of these studies coming out are showing that those changes to the brain are actually giving protective qualities against PTSD, depression, and other mental illnesses.

  • PTSD is stress disorder and studies has proved that marijuana is effective in treating this disease. But i think too much use of it could be malefic. It is responsible for hallucination, there is no coordination between mind and body.So, people should avoid it, in spite of this they can make use of legal herbal incense. These are safe and harmless.

    • painkills2

      PTSD, a “stress” disorder? More like a “trauma” disorder.

      Malefic: causing or capable of causing harm or destruction, especially by supernatural means. (Huh?)

      People should avoid taking advice from strangers, especially those who are selling something.

    • HCV

      Are you “NUTS” or something. Using that laundry detergent mix can kill someone, if not it will definitely give them PSTD. Your post should be “Flagged” You are definitely trying a sales pitch for on line sales of liquid plumber. But I think it should remain, just to show your stupidity and your place in genome pool. You have proven Darwin was correct. Smoke that shit and make page 3 of your local newspaper. HEADLINES ,,, “Man Killed by a Ghost Shark While in His Basemen”

      • HCV

        PTSD = Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder.
        PSTD = Post – Spice Traumatic Disorder.
        I did that on purpose.

    • Uncle Arthur

      It is in very bad form to promote “spice” on a cannabis advocacy site.

  • Aalana smith

    Most of the people are not aware about PTSD. It is a stress disorder and marijuana is quite potent in treating this diseases. Limited use of marijuana is acceptable, but too much use of it could annihilate a person’s health. E cigarettes and herbal incense are best alternative of it.