Cannabis Research: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Posted on 21 Dec 08:40
Cannabis Research: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a mental disorder that is usually triggered by the fact that you witness or victim of a particularly harrowing experience; such as war, natural disasters, serious accidents or sexual violence. These incidents cause feelings of helplessness, which can cause extreme stress reactions in the body. It can lead to long-lasting and severe anxiety.
Studies in this area:
1) Increased availability of cannabinoid CB1 receptors in the brain in posttraumatic stress disorder: A positron emission tomography study (Elevated brain cannabinoid CB1 receptor availability in post-traumatic stress disorder: a positron emission tomography study - 2013)
This study should explore the previously established effects of PTSD on the endocannabinoid system in animals further. She had set out on exploring through brain scans, the availability of CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brains of people who suffer from PTSD. It was found that those who were suffering from the disease seemed to have anomalies causing imbalances. This suggests that cannabis may have a potential therapeutic benefit for patients with PTSD and can help to regulate their anxiety. This study has opened the way for further investigations in this area. Published in the journal "Molecular Psychiatry."
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