Targeting the endocannabinoid system to treat haunting traumatic memories

“One of the core symptoms in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the traumatic memory that constantly haunts the patient.

An increasing body of evidence points to the endocannabinoid (eCB) system as a key system in the regulation of emotionality and memory.

Hence, eCB enhancers may be the ideal pharmacological treatment for PTSD…

…eCBs have an essential role in maintaining emotional homeostasis¬†and in modulating memory consolidation, retrieval and extinction.

Hence, the authors concluded that eCBs could be an ideal drug to treat PTSD by addressing both the emotional and cognitive aspects of the disorder.

Indeed, accumulating data from both clinical and pre-clinical studies suggest that targeting the eCB system may benefit PTSD.

Several studies support the self-medication hypothesis explanation for cannabis use to cope with PTSD symptoms.

To conclude, the eCB system may be a useful target for treating both the cognitive and emotional features of PTSD…”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3776936/

http://www.thctotalhealthcare.com/category/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/

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  1. Cannabis helps me with my chronic complex PTSD on every level. So many veterans were poisoned like me with supposedly ‘safe’ chemicals and vaccines.
    It helps with chronic fatigue and the awful symptoms that interface with each other.
    This magical medicine provides much needed relief from the terrifying night terrors and distress of fearing sleep itself. We need this medicine not the ‘legal’ drugs that appear to cause even more damage and suicides. The law must change and soon for the benefit of all who are concerned…..

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