New Government Funded Study Using Human Subjects Finds THC May Treat PTSD

A new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and conducted by researchers at the University of MichiganMedical Marijuana, Harvard 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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3 comments

    • Scott on January 7, 2014 at 6:40 pm
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    Hello, My Name Is Scott. For over 7 years now, I have been suffering from C.P.T.S.D. I have tried just about every Medication out there for the treatment for my condition. do you think that cannabis/THC could help me. antidepressants do not work on me at all. I am now taking Valium 10mg 4 times a day, Clonazepam 4mg at bed time, and Soma 350mg at different times of the day when I feel I need it. at first it seemed to help but now it is not working very well at all. I am not sleeping at night and my stress level seems to be getting worse. Help me please. I also suffer from a lot of back pain.

    Thank you
    Scott

      • jerf on May 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm
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      cannabis can help you sleep, maybe it will help you.
      its non toxic. ask your doctor today…

    • Jan on November 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm
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    Hello
    I’m a chronic pain sufferer
    Due to back injury nerve damage
    If u need a subject for treatment by cannabis
    I would like to put my hand up to be treated by using cannabis
    Kind regards
    Jan

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