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Mice study: Adolescent exposure to THC and alcohol may heighten sensitivity to fear stimuli

South Carolina researchers probing the relationship between drug exposure and development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in rodents suggest that adolescent exposure to THC and ethanol produces greater sensitivity to fear stimuli.

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And that enhanced sensitivity is “both behaviourally and neuronally,” notes study results, published online this week in Behavioural Brain Research.

Investigators from the Medical University of South Carolina point out that weed has become the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S., particularly among adolescents, and the prevalence of cannabis use disorder (CUD) has doubled over the past decade. CUD, they write, often occurs along with other conditions, including alcohol use disorder and

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