PTSD is a psychological disorder that is usually brought on by witnessing or being a victim a particular harrowing experience, such as military combat, a natural disaster, serious accidents or sexual assault. These incidents cause feelings of helplessness which can induce extreme stress responses within the body. It can cause long lasting and extreme anxiety, as well as a plethora of other problems.
This research aimed to expand on the previously found implications of PTSD on the endocannabinoid system within animals. It set out to explore the availability of CB1 cannabinoid receptors within the brain of humans suffering from PTSD through brain scans. It was found that those suffering from the disorder appeared to have abnormalities, causing imbalances. This suggests that cannabis could have a potential therapeutic benefit to those suffering from PTSD, and may help regulate their anxiety. This study has opened up the way for further investigation into the field. Published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.