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From "Shell-Shock" to Healing: Using Medical Cannabis to help PTSD Patients

Updated: Jan 28

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. It is estimated that approximately 7-8% of the US population will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Here are some common causes of PTSD:

  • Combat exposure

  • Sexual or physical assault

  • Childhood abuse or neglect

  • Natural disasters

  • Serious accidents or

  • intensely traumatic events

Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulties, upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping. With time and good self-care, they usually get better. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD.

PTSD is not just one symptom. PTSD is a cluster of symptoms including flashbacks to the traumatic event(s), depression, and sleep problems–falling and/or staying asleep. Anxiety can play a very significant role in PTSD, where worsening of anxiety can lead to worsening of the other associated symptoms. Beyond these symptoms there can still be additional symptoms also associated. There are several treatments available for PTSD, including therapy, medication, and alternative therapies. Here are some common treatments:

1. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) - This type of therapy helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to their PTSD symptoms.

2. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) - This therapy involves recalling traumatic memories while engaging in specific eye movements or other types of bilateral stimulation.

3. Medication - Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications may be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms of PTSD.

4. Alternative therapies - Some individuals may find relief from PTSD symptoms through alternative therapies like yoga, meditation, and acupuncture.

While these treatments can be effective, many find that combining treatments provides the best relief of symptoms. Medical cannabis can be used. Medical cannabis has been shown to help relieve symptoms of PTSD. Here are some ways that it can help with PTSD:

1. Reducing anxiety: Cannabis may help reduce anxiety, which is a common symptom of PTSD. Some strains of cannabis, in particular strains that are high in CBD and low in THC, which can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.

More importantly, Full Spectrum CBD products, used daily, can help prevent anxiety symptoms while products with higher THC content can be used to help patients during acute attacks of anxiety or panic.

If using inhaled products, those with limonene/myrcene profiles can be great during the day while a myrcene/limonene profile can be best at night.

2. Improving sleep: Many people with PTSD struggle with sleep disturbances, including nightmares. Cannabis can help improve sleep quality and reduce the frequency of nightmares.

3. Alleviating symptoms: Cannabis may help alleviate other symptoms of PTSD, such as depression, irritability, and flashbacks. Grand Daddy Purple is a strain that is often recommended for patients with depression and PTSD.

Medical cannabis is an approved treatment for PTSD. However, it's important to discuss the use of medical cannabis with a healthcare provider to determine if it's right for you and to ensure safe and responsible use. Schedule your personalized evaluation in-person or virtually here and receive the best experience available receiving your certification and card. We work with each of our patients to find the best product combinations, including the best strains, to provide the most relief from your symptoms, helping you Reclaim Your Life and Wellness. You will see why we are a Top Business in Ohio and how We Do Cannabis Differently.


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