Friday, June 15, 2012

Better Living Through Chemistry 2.0: Scientists Are Working On A 'Courage Drug'

New drug research may be the salvation for even the most cowardly. BusinessInsider reports that promising research shows how to increase a chemical within us that counteracts fear.
Scientists from Duke University and the National Institute of Health studied an endocannabinoid chemical, called anandamide, that is secreted naturally in humans and causes bliss while reducing anxiety. The chemical works similarly to marijuana.

By blocking an enzyme called FAAH that breaks down this chemical, the researchers successfully reduced fear in mice and believe that the same thing could very well work for humans.

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