Nov. 4, 2009 — According to a new study published by the Journal of Neuroscience, a synthetic drug that acts similarly to THC can prevent stress-induced enhancement of fear memories in rats, revealing that THC could potentially help treat PTSD.

Dude, Where’s my Trauma? Marijuana Could Treat PTSD
Posted by Maia Szalavitz

Many millions have been made in Hollywood by lampooning the acute effects of marijuana on memory—but Israeli researchers suggest that they might one day be harnessed to prevent or treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And today’s election results bringing medical marijuana dispensaries to yet another state suggest that day might be sooner than ever.

A new study—published in the Journal of Neuroscience—found that a synthetic drug that acts like one of the active components in marijuana (THC) can prevent stress-induced enhancement of fear memories in rats. PTSD is basically a syndrome in which fear-filled memories intrude on daily life and sleep—so preventing stress from strengthening memories of fear could potentially prevent or treat it.

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  1. Nebula Haze - Cannabis Grower

    Cannabis, especially cannabis that is high in CBD, is extremely useful in the treatment of many stress and anxiety-related conditions. I used to get full-blown panic attacks that would restrict my breathing, cause intense chest pains, and keep me stuck at home for days at a time. Since I started smoking cannabis regularly after receiving a doctor’s recommendation in 2004, I have had only one mild panic attack, and it was during a time when I had no access to my medicinal marijuana.

    Thanks for getting this information out there! Cannabis may not be a cure-all drug that some proponents make it out to be, but no one can deny that it provides relief to many suffering people. It’s a shame that most U.S. citizen have no legal avenues for safe access.

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