Using THC from Pot to Treat PTSD

Wayne State University researchers are getting nearly four million dollars to help find ways to reduce the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or P-T-S-D.

The National Institutes of Health grant, combines exposure therapy with small doses of T-H-C, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Exposure therapy or Fear Extinction Learning involves repeating sights or sounds that trigger stress reactors in a patient’s brain.

Christine Rabinak is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Wayne State.

She tells WDET’s Amy Miller low doses of synthetic T-H-C trigger the body’s cannabinoid system, which reduces stress during fear extinction learning

Click on the audio link above to hear the entire interview

 

 

Image credit: Christine Rabinak

Aired on: Morning Edition
About the Author

Amy Miller

Producer, Detroit Today

Amy has been working in public and commercial radio for the last 30 yrs. She is an award winning reporter and news anchor, born and raised in Detroit.

amiller@wdet.org   Follow @wdetamy

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