What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental disorder caused by a traumatic event from the past. PTSD patients have continued feelings of sadness, guilt, depression, shock, or fear long after the event itself happened, which impairs them from living a normal life.
How can marijuana help?
Marijuana has proven itself (when properly recommended) to be an effective anti-depressant and stress reliever. Due to these unique properties, PTSD patients have seen tangible benefits from medicating with cannabis. Although more research is needed, there are scientific studies proving that cannabinoids can directly help treat PTSD-related symptoms. One such study that was published by CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics in 2009 had 47 PTSD patients use Nabilone, a synthetic cannabinoid designed to mimic the effects of THC, with a goal to help cure their treatment-resistant nightmares. Out of the 47 patients, “Thirty-four (72%) patients experienced total cessation or lessening of severity of nightmares (28 patients had total cessation of nightmares and 6 had satisfactory reduction).” Another study published in 2011 showed that synthetic cannabinoids proved to be an effective way to prevent PTSD symptoms in rats. After being exposed to a disturbing event, the rats that received cannabinoid-based therapy showed no symptoms of PTSD, whereas the mice who went untreated did show symptoms of PTSD. These published studies, along with the personal testimonies of thousands of medical marijuana patients, paint an optimistic future for PTSD sufferers looking for a viable treatment.