Using Cannabis To Treat PTSD
07 / 02 / 19

Using Cannabis To Treat PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who has been exposed to a traumatic event. Although most frequently discussed in relation to military action and trauma, it also affects civilians. No one is immune to traumatic events that haunt them long after the body heals. People with PTSD have a wide range of symptoms from intrusive thoughts about the traumatic events, anger, fear, sorrow to a feeling of disconnection from others. Nightmares are common, and so is a lack of impulse control.

Some symptoms are mild, but others are debilitating. Ability to work and ability to function well in social situations may be affected. Relationships can be strained, sometimes to the breaking point. Among veterans, PTSD is one of the most significant factors leading to homelessness.

Psychotherapy and drugs for anxiety and depression are the most common treatments, but the "cure" rate with these therapies is about 25 percent. Now that cannabis is becoming a legal, medical therapy, researchers and health care providers are taking a close look at its effectiveness in providing relief to people who are suffering from PTSD and other physical and mental disorders.

As of May 2019, medical marijuana was legal in 33 states, including Florida. In the State of Florida, it is illegal to grow your own cannabis, even with a doctor's prescription -- unless you have $50 million dollars and a state license. Thus, an evaluation to get a medical marijuana card is the best option for those seeking treatment through medical cannabis.

Cannabis Is Safe

There is no known case of a cannabis overdose by smoking, vaping, eating, or application to the skin. In fact, a person would have to smoke 1,500 pounds of cannabis in 15 minutes to die from it. Cannabis has little effect on the body's major functions and is far less addictive than many drugs prescribed for pain relief. Thus, it is a far less cause of addiction and abuse. We've all heard of the "opioid crisis," because of the addictive nature of this class of drugs. Uninformed people may assume that the use of cannabis in medical treatment may lead to a similar crisis. This is simply not true. Opioids are highly addictive; cannabis is not. Cannabis accounts for zero deaths annually, while opioids account for 115 deaths every day.
Like most prescription drugs, cannabis has side effects such as rapid heartbeat and dilation of blood vessels. Thus, people with cardiac conditions should be monitored. However, these effects are within the range tolerated for most FDA-approved medications. In most cases, side effects are mild and well tolerated. They can be controlled with careful titration or dose management.

Cannabis and PTSD

Studies show that medical marijuana is a legitimate treatment for PTSD. Substances in cannabis play a critical role in assisting people suffering from PTSD. They block memories of the trauma, effectively preventing nightmares and flashbacks. This allows for normal sleep patterns and healthy mental functioning throughout the day. PTSD sufferers find that cannabis helps them attain the emotional well being required to function at home and in society as a mentally healthy person.

Most recently, researchers found that PTSD patients have an endocannabinoid deficiency – meaning that their systems are lacking the cannabinoids they need to function at a normal level. Dr. Alexander Neumeister stated in the journal Healthcare in America, "...we know very well that people with PTSD who use marijuana — a potent cannabinoid — often experience more relief from their symptoms than they do from antidepressants and other psychiatric medications. Clearly, there's a very urgent need to develop novel evidence-based treatments for PTSD."

Is Cannabis Right for You?

Are you or a loved one suffering from PTSD? Are you wondering if cannabis is a good treatment for you? Come in for a consultation with us at Marijuana Doctor Now in Sarasota, Florida so we can answer all of your questions.

Please contact us here. This is the first step for obtaining a medical marijuana card from a marijuana doctor in the State of Florida. We are a state-approved marijuana doctor, and PTSD is one of the medical conditions approved by law to be treated with cannabis.