Brain Scans Reveal Marijuana-Like Medicine Could Effectively Treat PTSD

Marijuana-like medicines that lack the plant’s psychoactive properties can be used to effectively treat some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center explain in a study published Tuesday in the scientific journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Using brain imaging technology, researchers studied the CB1 receptors in the brains of people suffering from PTSD and found that they had more of these receptors in gray matter associated with fear and anxiety than people who’d experienced trauma but did not have PTSD.

They looked into whether the receptors would be more available after noticing that many PTSD sufferers, a vast majority of them former members of the military, tend to self-medicate with marijuana abuse. Marijuana is known to contain varying concentrations of endocannabinoids, which are already present in the human brain, designed to act like a switch to turn on the body’s endocannabinoid system.

Research suggests the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in regulating chemicals associated with elevated stress levels, leading NYU scientists to portend that marijuana-like drugs that increase the level of endocannabinoids in the brain could lead to an effective treatment for PTSD-sufferers.

“We want to increase the concentration of these endocannabinoids,” study author Dr. Alex Neumeister told Fox News. “So we are currently working on the methods to do this, and we have developed a compound that is able to increase the concentration of endocannabioniods without attacking the receptors. It helps restore a normal balance of this chemical in the brains of those with PTSD.”

– Read the entire article at Raw Story.

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  1. Anonymous on

    this is very true, as a fact in medicine today, having sex and or smoking cannabis sativa, as to being not that Israeli crap the jews have created in Israel documented last year, it has a sour smell and all looks the same, the jews are crossing this so called “KUSH” that if you cross section looks like hemp and all calyxes are full of males seeds, this is israeli weed, you all supported your own death with radiations by loosers in high schools back 20 years ago. Israelis create new modified foods and other consumables that looks like foods and cannabis but really has no effects of what it is rerally used for, this is what all the spy’s of the world are doing, and remember ALL SPYS ARE JEWS, significantly reduces “healing time” in brain injuries. The jews from Hollywood and new york ruined all your lifes and stop blaming the innocent and killing off the innocent, your all killing them off for your enemies anyways with your own names, the jews supply the weapons and technologies to uneducated looser who are jealous of others and dont know how to earn money so they halp uselees people like jews. The bottom line is that the jews blame danny g from toronto for the expelled jews back 500 years ago from rome and argentina for crimes against romans, themselves doing the crimes not like today the blacks and every other color are commiting the very same crimes the jews commited centuries ago and the holocaust(HITLER) and other crimes because jews are not humans and dont see things the same as a human does, what would you all do out there if the jews murdered your ansestors and today you know the jews want you dead because your not a pussy and they are using radiations in your foods and liquids and your bed everyday since the death of Pope John Paul II??? like any human on earth, you want to get even.

  2. Anonymous on

    this is very true, as a fact in medicine today, having sex and or smoking cannabis sativa, as to being not that Israeli crap the jews have created in Israel documented last year, it has a sour smell and all looks the same, the jews are crossing this so called “KUSH” that if you cross section looks like hemp and all calyxes are full of males seeds, this is israeli weed, you all supported your own death with radiations by loosers in high schools back 20 years ago. Israelis create new modified foods and other consumables that looks like foods and cannabis but really has no effects of what it is rerally used for, this is what all the spy’s of the world are doing, and remember ALL SPYS ARE JEWS, significantly reduces “healing time” in brain injuries. The jews from Hollywood and new york ruined all your lifes and stop blaming the innocent and killing off the innocent, your all killing them off for your enemies anyways with your own names, the jews supply the weapons and technologies to uneducated looser who are jealous of others and dont know how to earn money so they halp uselees people like jews. The bottom line is that the jews blame danny g from toronto for the expelled jews back 500 years ago from rome and argentina for crimes against romans, themselves doing the crimes not like today the blacks and every other color are commiting the very same crimes the jews commited centuries ago and the holocaust(HITLER) and other crimes because jews are not humans and dont see things the same as a human does, what would you all do out there if the jews murdered your ansestors and today you know the jews want you dead because your not a pussy and they are using radiations in your foods and liquids and your bed everyday since the death of Pope John Paul II??? like any human on earth, you want to get even.

  3. Anonymous on

    I agree with the above anti-war suggestions and sentiment, however this person (who I’m not trying to offend here) is ignorant of the fact that cannabis has many faces (chemotypes) which can be very broadly grouped into the following major cannabinoid chemotypes (though most drug strains are in the first two catagories):

    High THC & Low CBD

    High THC & High CBD

    Low THC & High CBD

    Low THC & Low CBD

    High THCV & High THC & Low CBD & Low CBDV

    High THCV & High THC & High CBD & High CBDV

    and the list actually goes on and on and on…new chemotypes as well as individual cannabis cannabinoids continue to be discovered!

    So in fact (as far as I’ve read, which is a lot) there is no one cannabis strain which contains “ALL the cannabinoids” and the only way to acquire “ALL the…other compounds marijuana creates” would be to consume whole unprocessed and even UNSMOKED cannabis material!

    To pick one compound from cannabis as an example:
    Do you really think there’s a medical benefit from the cellulose in cannabis? (aside from being dietary fibre)

    The only commercial cannabis pharmaceutical grade cannabis extracts prescibed anywhere in the world (as far as I know) are the Sativex sprays produced by GW Pharmaceuticals, which is what I assume you are calling “FrankenPharma extracts”.

    In fact these are CO2 extracts (like the hash oil sold to lucky U.S. patients in med shops) which, although purified/freed of some non-cannabinoid compounds, contain only cannabis compounds + ethanol + glycerol + peppermint oil (for flavor).
    Where’s the poison here? (except the ethanol of course)

    GW Pharmaceuticals is doing research on cannabis no one else is able to do (no ant-drug agenda controlling their funding, unlike in the U.S.) and is doing more to promote the use of cannabis as medicine (indirectly through promoting their products benefits) than ALL the vocal potheads screaming for compassion at the politicians put together!!!
    (not that they’re not doing a good job too)

  4. Anonymous on

    This article is drug war/Big Pharma bullshit. People need ALL the cannabinoids and other compounds marijuana creates, not some FrankenPharma extracts. Marijuana abuse? Typical drug war bullshit. Give them whole marijuana. And the other message is: don’t join the military. War is war, whether it’s a drug war or an invasion of some small country. Then you won’t get PTSD.
    http://bigbudsmag.com/grow/article/pharmaceutical-drug-companies-medical-marijuana

  5. Anonymous on

    It’s great that cannabinoids are just about to be confirmed to be an effective treatment for PTSD, since PTSD has been clearly shown to be due to an overactive amygdala and in fact both lab animal studies as well as human epidemioligcal studies of pot heads have shown a reduction in amygdala activity following chronic AND acute THC administration i.e. THC cure PTSD!

    This article states:
    “Marijuana is known to contain varying concentrations of endocannabinoids, which are already present in the human brain, designed to act like a switch to turn on the body’s endocannabinoid system.”

    Marijuana/cannabis DOES NOT contain endocannabinoids, but rather contains cannabinoids (guess where the name came from).
    Endocannabinoids were named as such because when they were discovered they were simultaneously discovered to bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the human (& rodent) brain; Endo- medical prefix meaning: within, inner, absorbing, or containing.
    Note the cannabinoid receptors can-also-be/are called endocannabinoid receptors.

    In fact EndoCannabinoids are simple fatty acid derivatives, while cannabis derived Cannabinoids are phenolic hydrocarbons related to terpenes i.e. they’re totally different in molecular structure and properties!
    I should mention that now there’s a growing large list of synthetic cannabinoids (compounds which bind to cannabinoid receptors), some of which are similar in structure to cannabis’s cannabinoids, but most of which are totally different again in structure to both endocannabinoids and cannabis cannabinoids. A probable cannabinoid (very similar to THC in structure) has also been discovered in a liverwort too, so we may be yet to see more plant derived psychoactive cannabinoids discovered!!!