Neuroscientists report findings on cannabis use in treating anxiety, inflammation

BERLIN, July 8 (Xinhua) — Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and some types of inflammation may be alleviated by cannabis-like drugs, according to a research presented on Sunday at the FENS Forum of Neuroscience held in Berlin.

At the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) Forum, which will last till Wednesday, research teams from Italy and Canada described related findings on the effects of cannabis-like compounds, artificial compounds that work on natural cannabinoids, on PTSD and colitis.

Using rat models of PTSD, Patrizia Campolongo at the Sapienza University of Rome has found that synthetic drugs that augment brain levels of natural cannabinoids can reduce symptoms of trauma while also treating the cognitive dysfunction, and, moreover these effects are long-term.

“These drugs work in much more targeted brain areas than street cannabis, and, as long as three months after treatment, they stop relapse of anxiety symptoms. PTSD patients often relapse some time after the

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