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Effects of cannabidiol in males and females in two different rat models of depression
- Shbiro, Liat, Hen-Shoval, Danielle, Hazut, Noa, Rapps, Kayla, Dar, Shira, Zalsman, Gil, Mechoulam, Raphael, Weller, Aron, Shoval, Gal
- Physiology & behavior 2019 v.201 pp. 59-63
- Cannabis, animal models, behavior disorders, cannabidiol, females, genetic models, males, mental depression, rats, saccharin, therapeutics
- The current study explores the therapeutic potential of Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound in the Cannabis plant, using both sexes of 2 “depressive-like” genetic models, Wistar Kyoto (WKY) and Flinders Sensitive Line (FSL) rats. Rats ingested CBD (30 mg/kg) orally. In the saccharin preference test, following a previous report of a pro-hedonic effect of CBD in male WKY, we now found similar results in female WKY. CBD also decreased immobility in the forced swim test in males (both strains) and in female WKY. These findings suggest a role for CBD in treating mental disorders with prominent symptoms of helplessness and anhedonia.