Compounds in Marijuana ‘May Help Balance Brain Chemical Linked to Emotions’

Marijuana could be used to treat the depression that results from long term stress, a controversial study has suggested.

Researchers said molecules present in cannabis could help relieve the depression associated with chronic stress.

Endocannabinoids are naturally produced chemical compounds in the brain that affect motor control, cognition, emotions and behaviour.

Researchers found long term stress reduced the production of endocannabinoids in brains, leading to depression.

‘Chronic stress is one of the major causes of depression,’ said Dr Samir Haj-Dahmane, of the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions.

‘Using compounds derived from cannabis – marijuana – to restore normal endocannabinoid function could potentially help stabilise moods and ease depression.’

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