Could Pot Help Veterans With PTSD? Brain Scientists Say Maybe
Veterans who smoke marijuana to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder may be onto something. There’s growing evidence that pot can affect brain circuits involved in PTSD.
Experiments in animals show that tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that gives marijuana its feel-good qualities, acts on a system in the brain that is “critical for fear and anxiety modulation,” says Andrew Holmes, a researcher at the . But he and other brain scientists caution that marijuana has serious drawbacks as a potential treatment for PTSD. Read more