Cannabinoids Help Brain Adapt to Stress

Cannabinoids Help Brain Adapt to Stress

Cannabinoids Help Brain Adapt to Stress

A natural signaling molecule that activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain plays a critical role in stress-resilience – the ability to adapt to repeated and acute exposures to traumatic stress, according to researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The findings in a mouse model could have broad implications for the potential treatment and prevention of mood and anxiety disorders, including major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.

The study suggests that deficiencies in natural cannabinoids could result in a predisposition to developing PTSD and depression. Boosting this signaling system could represent a new treatment approach for these stress-linked disorders.

Source: Vanderbilt study finds natural chemical helps brain adapt to stress

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