Cannabis: GOOD for mental health? Breakthrough study claims it could be used to help treat depression

Abstract: The endocannabinoid system and emotional processing: a pharmacological fMRI study with ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol

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  • Smoking marijuana alters our response to negative images or emotions
  • People with THC in bloodstream, the active ingredient of cannabis, were less accurate at matching fearful expressions than ones that were happy
  • Study argues that marijuana may now be touted as a cure for depression

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The European Neuropsychopharmacology journal has published a study that has confirmed the positive effect of THC to negative stimuli.

The study, which was undertaken at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands, claims that THC activates the endocannabinoid system naturally found in the brain to alter our response to negative images or emotions.

With this discovery, the study argues that marijuana may now be touted as a cure to depression and other mental illnesses.

The research tested a group of men who were active users of marijuana. To qualify they had to have taken the drug four times or more in a year but not more than once a week.

THC was administered to one group while another was given a placebo.

The men were then asked to mimic images of facial expressions either ‘happy’ or ‘fearful’.

According to the study, people who had THC in their bloodstream were less accurate in matching the fearful facial expressions.

However, they were able to perfectly copy those that looked happy.

The results were confirmed by MRI scans of the men’s brains that revealed a beneficial effect of THC on emotion-processing cerebral regions.

‘THC administration reduces the negative bias in emotional processing,’ said the report.

‘This adds human evidence to support the hypothesis that the endocannabinoid system is involved in modulation of emotional processing.’

Via Daily Mail

5 thoughts on “Cannabis: GOOD for mental health? Breakthrough study claims it could be used to help treat depression

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  2. My daughter is 29 years old , and suffers with bibipolarand depression and she uses marijuana and we can’t use it to get tested the doctor won’t give her her medication and did she ask up to get crazy that she lose a place where she’s living what can I do to help my daughter thank you

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