Medical Marijuana Treatment For PTSD
What Is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder related to exposure to trauma. People who suffer from PTSD frequently experience symptoms such as difficulty sleeping (insomnia), irritability or bouts of anger, inability to concentrate, blackouts, extreme phobias, hallucinations, and, occasionally, extremes like homicidal or suicidal ideation. Almost anyone who has lived through a scary or traumatic event can develop PTSD as a result of the trauma experienced. This disorder is commonly observed in military veterans and those who have experienced assault, childhood abuse or physical abuse.
Treatment Options for 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.
How Medical Marijuana Can Help With PTSD
Studies from the U.S. and Canada have shown that medical marijuana can be a great solution for both the mental and physical symptoms of PTSD. The FDA has recently approved the use of medical marijuana for veterans with PTSD, based on these findings.
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.
Get Approved For Medical Marijuana Treatment
If you are a Virginia resident living with chronic pain and are interested in medical marijuana treatment, we are here to help! Schedule an appointment today by calling us at 888-633-5808 or schedule online.