PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, events like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. PTSD can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of weakness. A number of factors can increase the chance that someone will have PTSD, many of which are not under that person’s control.
Strong medications and psychotherapy are often prescribed to treat PTSD symptoms.. There are various debilitating PTSD symptoms that can interfere with ones daily life….such as..
- Severe anxiety
- Lack of appetite
- Anger issues
- Depression or general sadness
Over the years, doctors have slowly begun to realize that psychiatric drugs commonly prescribed for conditions such as anxiety or depression provide little relief to individuals affected by post-traumatic stress disorder. Having taken notice of the astounding numbers of patients finding relief by switching to pot, psychiatrists and neuroscientists have attempted to explain how cannabis might help PTSD.
Researchers believe cannabis works by removing associations to painful memories. This is helpful in PTSD patients who have flashbacks when they smell, hear or see something associated with the traumatic event that caused the PTSD. By extinguishing memory associations, PTSD patients may gradually see symptoms improve.
According to another researcher, those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder may actually have an imbalance in their endocannabinoid system, a relatively undetailed part of the body that has important implications in digestion, metabolism, mood and memory.
Throughout its prohibition, cannabis has been considered a self-medicated “coping” drug, especially in individuals with anxiety disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The Cannabis plant has a history of medicinal use dating back thousands of years across many cultures. Its current use is controversial.
“As a veteran with PTSD, I can not speak highly enough about the benefits that cannabis has provided me. It calms the anxiety, smooths out the depression, and quiets the demons at night to allow me to sleep. I highly recommend that any veteran with PTSD at least give it a try. Stick with indicas. Stay away from sativas. I am very happy with the progress I’ve made in my treatment because of this wonderful medicine.” Quote from ‘Mike’
The key to recovering from PTSD is working through the trauma that caused the disorder. With cannabis, you also learn new ways to cope with negative feelings like anger, guilt and fear. Instead of numbing your emotions with pharmaceuticals. Self medicating with medical cannabis may very well be the best way to start improving your quality of living, with PTSD.