If You're Suffering From PTSD, Consider Trying Medical Marijuana

More than half of adults in the United States experience trauma at least once during their lifetime. Though any trauma may cause anxiety, feelings of shame or guilt, and changes in daily habits, most people can cope, and their symptoms improve over time.

However, not everyone is so lucky. Up to 8% of people who experience a traumatic event suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), affecting personal and professional relationships.

PTSD can affect everyone differently, and no single treatment works for all. At Florida Compassionate Care Centers in Ormond Beach, Florida, our healthcare specialists’ team understands how difficult your life can be with PTSD. 

We want you to know how medical marijuana may alleviate your PTSD symptoms, support your other treatments and therapies, and help you feel more like your usual self. 

About PTSD

PTSD is a psychiatric condition that develops after someone goes through a traumatic or life-threatening event. 

Though PTSD is often associated with combat veterans, the psychiatric condition may develop from various experiences, such as natural disasters, serious accidents, or violent assaults such as rape. Even the death of a loved one may cause PTSD.

Those suffering from PTSD experience disturbing and intense thoughts related to the traumatic event long after it occurred. The psychiatric condition may also cause flashbacks or nightmares, feelings of sadness, anger, fear, and estrangement from others. 

Symptoms of PTSD usually appear within three months of the traumatic event. However, for some people, the symptoms may not appear until several years after the trauma.

PTSD can affect anyone at any age. Though not everyone who goes through a traumatic event develops PTSD, you may be at greater risk if you don’t have a good support system, struggle to manage other stresses in your life, or have a history of mental illness. 

Getting help for PTSD 

PTSD affects everyone differently, and no single method works for all suffering from the psychiatric condition. Traditional treatments include talk therapy and medication.

However, you may need to try many psychotherapy methods and medications before finding a treatment that helps you. 

The delay in symptom relief may leave you feeling frustrated and defeated. In Florida, PTSD is a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. Adding medical marijuana to your treatment plan may help alleviate your symptoms and improve your other therapies’ effectiveness.

Medical marijuana for PTSD

According to a March 2019 article published in the Journal of Psychiatry & Neurosciences, PTSD patients have an endocannabinoid deficiency. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a cell-signaling system that helps regulate: 

Your ECS depends on endocannabinoids to function correctly. Medical cannabis contains chemicals similar to those that regulate your ECS, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). 

THC interacts with your ECS and binds with various receptors in your nervous system, which may alleviate some of your PTSD symptoms such as hyperarousal, insomnia, and nightmares. 

Less is known about CBD’s benefits for PTSD, but it may help prevent your body from breaking down its natural endocannabinoids. 

PTSD is a complex psychiatric condition that may affect every aspect of your life. If you’d like to learn more about medical marijuana and how it may help you, contact us by phone or online.

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