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

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About the Author

Amy Miller

Reporter/Producer

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.

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