Another anecdote-rich use for medical marijuana is the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As with seizures, several people (often war veterans) have brought this potential application of pot to national attention. Again, researchers aren't giving this use the green light yet, but it has shown preliminary promise. A recent study from New York University (NYU) found that people with PTSD have more cannabinoid receptors in the brain regions associated with fear and anxiety. When activated by cannabis use, these receptors may reduce anxiety in people with PTSD while also helping them forget painful memories.
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