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New Study: Cannabis Can Prevent the Effects of Stress-Related Depression

A new study published this week by the National Institute of Health has found that cannabinoids can prevent the effects of stress-induced depression.saved2

For the study – which was conducted at the University of Haifa – researchers used animal models to examine if activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors (something which cannabis does naturally) can “ameliorate the effects of CMS [chronic mild stress] on emotional learning (ie, conditioned avoidance and extinction), long-term potentiation (LTP) in the hippocampal-accumbens pathway and depression-like symptoms (ie, coping with stress behavior, anhedonia and weight changes).”

Researchers found that cannabinoid receptor activation “prevented the CMS-induced alterations in emotional memory (ie, extinction) and plasticity.”

Researchers concluded that; “The findings suggest that enhancing cannabinoid signaling could represent a novel approach to the treatment of cognitive deficits that accompany stress-related depression.”

This study will be published in print in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

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Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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