Why some people use marijuana when they're anxious

KYW Staff
January 29, 2020 - 6:11 pm
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center reporting in the journal Neuron have found marijuana may activate receptors in the brain that may protect against anxiety. 

This finding, could help explain why some people use marijuana when they're anxious or under stress. 

The study is important because it could lead to research that recreates the chemical found in marijuana. The chemical known as "2-AG" in the brain could regulate anxiety and depressive symptoms in people with stress-related anxiety disorders, potentially avoiding reliance on medical marijuana or similar treatments.