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Scientists find anxiety relieving effects in marijuana

A research team led by Vanderbilt University scientists has found cannabinoid receptors–receptors through which marijuana exerts its effects–in a part of the brain involved in regulating anxiety and the flight-or-fight response. The mouse study, published in the journal Neuron, says this is the first time cannabinoid receptors have been identified in the central nucleus of the amygdala.

That could help explain why some marijuana users say the drug helps relieve anxiety. Senior author Sachim Patel said the study “could be highly important for understanding how cannabis exerts its behavioral effects.” Read more

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas and serves as Deputy Director for NORML of Waco. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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