PTSD Symptoms in Rats Lessened by Marijuana

Herbal products that are available directly from nature possess different health benefits. From healing properties to strengthening the immune system, there are plenty of benefits of acquiring these herbal medicines. 

Cannabis is one such herbal product that has various health benefits. Over the years, marijuana has grown as a potent herbal plant that offers a wide range of health benefits. 

Cannabis comprises of CBD, a chemical that impacts the brain sensations enabling it to function better and relieve the possible pain. There are multiple benefits to consuming cannabis. Such as:

  • Relieves chronic pain: cannabinoids present in cannabis are responsible for easing out of chronic pain caused by the chemical mutation in the body. 
  • Improves lung capacity: unlike smoking tobacco, smoking marijuana doesn’t affect the lungs. Instead, it improves lung capacity.
  • Helps to lose weight: if you must have noticed that all the avid cannabis users around the world are not overweight. Cannabis aids the body by regulating insulin, along with managing calorie intake. 
  • Prevents diabetes: along with other health benefits, cannabis can also help in preventing diabetes. American Alliance For Medical Cannabis (AAMC) has found that cannabis has the capability to stabilize blood sugar levels and improve blood circulation. 
  • Fights cancer: you won’t believe that cannabis can even combat cancerous cells. There have been researches that have found that cannabinoids have the properties to fight cancer.

Among all the other benefits, marijuana has been known to block the symptoms of post-traumatic symptoms in rats. Over the years, researches have been conducted that showcased that marijuana can lessen and even eradicate the symptoms of PSTD in rats. 

The psychology department of Haifa University conducted this study, wherein, rats with traumatic experiences were treated with marijuana for 24 hours. It was found that after the course of 24 hours, the symptoms marginally decreased, and in some, it was blocked completely. 

Dr. IritAkirav, who supervised the entire study, revealed that there is a critical window of time in traumatic experiences during which marijuana can help dampen the symptoms of PSTD, and that’s how it works. 

The rats were divided into four different groups. Group one wasn’t given any cannabinoids, the second group was injected with marijuana for two hours, the third group for 24 hours, and the fourth was given a dose for 48 hours. 

After a week of inspection, groups one and two didn’t show any improvement and showed the same symptoms. The third and fourth groups showcased significant improvement in their condition.

The researchers also found that cannabinoids directly affect the amygdala area of the brain that is responsible for managing stress, fear ad trauma. 

While there are some decisive parallels between the emotional states of animals and humans, it has not been concluded that it can have some effect on humans. They have suggested that giving a dose of marijuana to humans who showcase PSTD symptoms might keep the issue in control. 

The research supervisor said that the success of their study had encouraged them to take their research forward by implementing it on humans as well.