Medical Marijuana For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, affects approximately 3 million individuals across the United States every year. PTSD is a mental illness triggered by a distressing or extremely unnerving event, characterized by intense anxiety, nightmares, and disturbing flashbacks of the event. PTSD frequently stems from incidents of physical and sexual assault, negative combat experiences, early childhood/physical abuse, and life-threatening incidents.
PTSD Symptoms Include:
- Recurring, disturbing memories of the inducing event
- Flashbacks of the inducing event
- Distressing nightmares
- Extreme emotional distress
- Difficulty sleeping
- Negative changes in thought patterns
- Detachment from family and friends
- Suicidal thoughts and actions
Treating PTSD with Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana’s relaxing, anxiety-relieving, and antidepressant properties have proven successful in multiple research studies at reducing the negative symptoms of PTSD, often without the adverse effects of other medications commonly used to treat this disorder, including anxiety, sweating, fast heartbeat, restlessness, difficulty sleeping, muscle twitching, and visual changes.