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