Marijuana Prevents PTSD In Rats

60688750An Israeli study suggests that the best thing you can hand to one of our soldiers returning from a war zone is a joint. When administered within 24 hours of a traumatic experience, marijuana miraculously prevented post-traumatic stress disorder from later occurring (perhaps due to the drug’s temporary effects on receptors in the amygdala, the part of the brain that regulates stress and fear). AFP reports:

Marijuana administered in a timely fashion could block the development of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in rats, a new study conducted at Haifa University has found.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at the university’s psychology department and published in the Neuropsychopharmacology journal, found that rats which were treated with marijuana within 24 hours of a traumatic experience, successfully avoided any symptoms of PTSD.

“There is a critical ‘window of time’ after trauma, during which synthetic marijuana can help prevent symptoms similar to PTSD in rats,” said Dr Irit Akirav who led the study.

In the first part of the experiment, rats were exposed to extreme stress, and were found to display symptoms resembling PTSD in humans.

They were then divided into four groups, with the first given no marijuana, the second given a marijuana injection two hours after being exposed, the third after 24 hours and the fourth after 48 hours.

The researchers examined the rats a week later and found that the group that had not received marijuana, as well as the one that received the injection after 48 hours, displayed PTSD symptoms and a high level of anxiety.

Although the rats in the other two groups also displayed high levels of anxiety, the PTSD symptoms had totally disappeared.

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  • Haystack

    …in related story, DEA raids rats’ nest.

  • Haystack

    …in related story, DEA raids rats’ nest.

  • News

    So they put the rats in Humvee’s, randomly set off IED’s, and shot at them and then proceeded to give them joints? I am doing research in the wrong field, this sounds much more fun!

  • News

    So they put the rats in Humvee’s, randomly set off IED’s, and shot at them and then proceeded to give them joints? I am doing research in the wrong field, this sounds much more fun!

  • Dubtheworld

    Really? Ever sat around tripping balls and smoking bowls with someone who’s dealing with ptsd? I have, a few times. Wouldnt say pot helps all that much, but just about any mind altering substance seems to help a bit.

  • Dubtheworld

    Really? Ever sat around tripping balls and smoking bowls with someone who’s dealing with ptsd? I have, a few times. Wouldnt say pot helps all that much, but just about any mind altering substance seems to help a bit.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      Well the study said there was a window, within 24 hours, the PTSD was not seen, but 48 hours later, the PTSD was already bound to happen. In otherwords, its preventative, its not a cure of someone that already has PTSD.

      (But no, preventative medicine is illegal in the US, you’re only worth money if you’re sick)

    • MoralDrift

      tripping balls is different from smoking bowls

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Well the study said there was a window, within 24 hours, the PTSD was not seen, but 48 hours later, the PTSD was already bound to happen. In otherwords, its preventative, its not a cure of someone that already has PTSD.

    (But no, preventative medicine is illegal in the US, you’re only worth money if you’re sick)

  • Anonymous

    514 rats have been arrested since the posting of this story, showing levels of the “reefer” madness.

  • Investinourftre

    514 rats have been arrested since the posting of this story, showing levels of the “reefer” madness.

  • Reefholio

    I cant wait to tell people about this! Now if this stop sign will hurry up and turn green…

  • Reefholio

    I cant wait to tell people about this! Now if this stop sign will hurry up and turn green…

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    This is good news. However, recent studies have also shown that PTSD can be eliminated by not invading foreign countries based on lies, innuendo and greed. Who woulda thunk it?

  • BuzzCoastin

    This is good news. However, recent studies have also shown that PTSD can be eliminated by not invading foreign countries based on lies, innuendo and greed. Who woulda thunk it?

  • Anon

    This is why that old rat in The Secret of NIMH had glowing eyes, he smoked weed all day err day. don’t give a fuck.

  • Anon

    This is why that old rat in The Secret of NIMH had glowing eyes, he smoked weed all day err day. don’t give a fuck.

  • Anonymous

    tripping balls is different from smoking bowls

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