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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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  • Blueberries show promise as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder - Science Daily, 3/31/15 - "Ebenezer et al. have previously demonstrated that SSRIs increase levels of serotonin (5-HT) and the neurotransmitter norepinephrine (NE) and that the increased NE may reduce the effectiveness of SSRI therapy. In the new study, the research team looked at the ability of blueberries to modulate neurotransmitter levels in a rat model of PTSD ... PTSD rats who did not receive blueberries demonstrated a predictable increase in NE and 5-HT when compared with the control group. However, the PTSD rats that received blueberries showed a beneficial increase in 5-HT with no effect on NE levels, suggesting that blueberries can effectively modulate neurotransmitters in PTSD" - Note:  That's probably another one that's a better alternative to pot for people who claim pot helps their PTSD when there's no evidence to support it and it's probably just a con-game to get high.  See Garden of Life, Radical Fruits Antioxidant Complex at Amazon.com.
  • Medical Marijuana May Worsen PTSD Symptoms, Increase Violence - Medscape, 12/15/14 - "A large observational study of more 2000 participants who were admitted to specialized Veterans Administration treatment programs for PTSD showed that those who never used marijuana had significantly lower symptom severity 4 months later than those who continued or started use after treatment. Veterans who were using marijuana at treatment admission but quit after discharge ("stoppers") also had significantly lower levels of PTSD symptoms at follow-up ... On the other hand, the highest levels of violent behavior were found in the so-called "starters," those who were not using the substance at admission but who started use after discharge"

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