Type of project: Basic, Translational, Nutraceutical, Mind and Body
Principal Investigator: Dr. Mathew Hill
Institutions Affiliated: University of Calgary
Students: Kowther Hassan (UGRAD), Haley Vecchiarelli (UGRAD), Kira Leitl (UGRAD)
Awards funded to project: 3
Background: Stress inhibits endocannabinoid signaling within the amygdala, which results in anxiety. Exactly how this process occurs is not well understood, though this project seeks to explore this phenomenon
Findings: This is a currently funded project pending results
Implications: Marijuana has been reported to have anti-anxiety properties by acting on the endocannabinoid system and this project explores the process by which this might occur. While marijuana could be used to achieve these effects, other studies have indicated that exercise would result in similar increases in endocannabinoids, offering a naturopathic option to manage anxiety.