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Government Funded Study Using Human Subjects Finds THC May Treat PTSD

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thc ptsd government studyCourtesy of The Joint Blog

A new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and conducted by researchers at the University of MichiganHarvard Medical School and the University of Illinois, have found promising evidence to suggest that cannabis can treat the primary symptoms associated with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“This study provides the first evidence that pre-extinction administration of THC modulates prefrontal-limbic circuits during fear extinction in humans and prompts future investigation to test if cannabinoid agonists can rescue or correct the impaired behavioral and neural function during extinction recall in patients with PTSD”, says Dr. Christine A. Rabinak, an author of the study who works at the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry.

She continues; “Ultimately, the cannabinoid system may serve as a promising target for innovative intervention strategies (e.g. pharmacological enhancement of exposure-based therapy) in PTSD and other fear learning-related disorders.”

The study, which was published in last month’s issue of the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, can be found by clicking here.

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  1. Charles Waller on

    If you are unaware, THC deteriorates into CBN with exposure to air and/or sunlight. I typically leaves high THC herb in a partially closed tupperware to allow tis to occur. In my personal experience, THC does help modulate dream state and higher CBN provides enough sedative effect to enable restful sleep.

  2. no, I dream just fine, I do use it as a sleep aid, especialy when i wake up at 4 am and can’t go back to sleep.

  3. It makes a traumatic situation less impacting on the long-term memory if the PTSD patient uses cannabis within a recent time of the trauma.****

  4. I, along with countless others, are already pieces of “evidence” that marijuana treats PTSD. It gets rid of that “tense, hot” feeling when you’re stressed out / aroused. It gets you over that “hump” that you need to fall asleep. It makes you dreams far less intense and impacting, and usually makes them a bit more pleasant. It makes you still want to eat, even after a day of terrible emotions and anxiety. PTSD makes so many people sick to their stomach from stress, like they want to throw up and have diarrhea. It makes a traumatic situation It also seems to regulate your mood better, and makes it so unfamiliar situations are less anxiety-provoking and stressful.

    I always need a little bit of CBD or CBN in my cannabis. I think pure THC alone would be far less effective, and it might trigger or worsen anxiety, instead of help it, in PTSD patients. The plant intended those other compounds for a reason.

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