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Does Cannabis Protect The Brain Against Stress And Stress-Related Disorders?


Marijuana brain stressCourtesy of The Joint Blog

new study published in this month’s issue of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology has found that compounds in cannabis may offer protection against chronic stress, including the memory and learning impairment that can come as a result.

“Our findings suggest that cannabinoid receptor activation could represent a novel approach to the treatment of cognitive deficits that accompany a variety of stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders”, concludes the study.

This is particularly important according to researchers, considering that repeated stress “is one of the environmental factors that precipitates and exacerbates mental illnesses like depression and anxiety as well as cognitive impairments”.

During the study, researchers found that daily doses of a chemical meant to mimic THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) – one of the primary compounds found in cannabis – appeared to improve short-term memory in rats (which had been put through tests meant to induce stress) compared to the control group which didn’t receive any treatment. In addition, the rats which received the regular doses of THC displayed greater learning abilities, and less anxiety.

Although more research is needed to confirm these findings, the results are promising. The study can be found by clicking here.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com


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  1. I know you are so right about this. I smoked marijuana all the time as a teen. When I was ready to have children I quit , same way as you did, cold turkey. Never had any withdraw symptoms what so ever. Wish I could say the same about my cigarette habit and my coffee habit. But, both of those would send me over the edge when I have tried to quit.

  2. Robert Dewayne King on

    I aint gonna call you names or try to belittle you Jerry , I will just share my own experience ! My first 6 years in the us navy I was just like 90 percent of my shipmates in that I was a heavy smoker of weed OFF OF THE SHIP !! I was never caught , investigated or suspected ¬!
    When the military instituted the urinalisys tests I quit smoking it for the next 14 yrs . Cold turkey . I had no withdrawal symptoms and saw none amongst the rest of my crewmates !
    You find folk who are addicted to sugar , coffee , tobbacco and alcohol and they can have a horrible time trying to manage thier addiction ! Where is the outrage and offers of help for them ?

  3. Legalize Nature!! Take all law enforcement fighting against weed and move them to homicide and curruption investigation.

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