Component of marijuana may help treat anxiety and substance abuse disorders

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Cannabidiol, a major component of cannabis or marijuana, appears to have effects on emotion and emotional memory, which could be helpful for treating anxiety-related and substance abuse disorders.

A recent review highlights the results of studies that have investigated cannabidiol's effects on various fear and drug memory processes.

"Cannabis is best known for the 'high' caused by the chemical Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but it contains many other chemicals with potential medicinal properties, including cannabidiol," said Dr. Carl Stevenson, senior author of the British Journal of Pharmacology review. "This chemical isn't linked to the 'high' and is safe for people to use, so it might be helpful for alleviating certain symptoms of these disorders without having unwanted side effects of cannabis."

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More information: Jonathan L. C. Lee et al, Cannabidiol regulation of emotion and emotional memory processing: relevance for‚ÄČtreating anxiety-related and substance abuse disorders, British Journal of Pharmacology (2017). DOI: 10.1111/bph.13724
Journal information: British Journal of Pharmacology

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