Medical Marijuana Treatment For PTSD
What Is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder related to exposure to trauma. This disorder is commonly observed in military veterans and those who have experienced assault or abuse.
Symptoms of PTSD can be:
Irritability or bouts of anger
Inability to concentrate
Homicidal or suicidal ideation
How Medical Marijuana Can Help PTSD
The current treatments for PTSD include therapy and medications to reduce anxiety, but both have complications. Therapy may not offer the relief that a PTSD sufferer needs from physical symptoms, while traditional medications can only target the physical symptoms of PTSD, and often come with unpleasant side effects such as weight gain and a lowered libido.
Because cannabinoid receptors are located in both the brain and throughout the body, medical marijuana treatment can provide relief from symptoms such as anxiety, stress, depression and hallucinations, as well as relief from the physical symptoms of PTSD such as pain and the inability to sleep.