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Cannabis has the ability to treat a myriad of symptoms of different illnesses, including PTSD. In fact, one study showed that patients using cannabis had a 75% reduction in symptoms. Since this is the case, we’re going to look at what PTSD is, the symptoms one may show and the multiple ways medical marijuana is capable of treating PTSD.

What is PTSD?

PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is a severe anxiety disorder that occurs after exposure to an event that results in psychological trauma. There are many different events that can cause PTSD (accidents, assaults, etc…) but the most common is PTSD from combat.

What are the common symptoms of PTSD

  • Reliving the traumatic event that induced PTSD
  • Avoiding situations, places and people that may cause one to relive the event
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Negativity
  • Feeling keyed-up or hyper
  • Sleep problems
  • Nightmares
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Poor Concentration
  • Blackouts

Multiple Ways Medical Marijuana Treats PTSD

Improves Sleep

Cannabis has the ability to promote sleep hormones, so that you can fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. This natural drug can also reduce and eliminate nightmares. Additionally, marijuana lacks the negative side effects that many prescription sleep aids can produce. 

Slows Down and Soothes Intrusive Thoughts

Intrusive thoughts are a common contributor to PTSD. These are uncontrollable, threatening thoughts that occur in the patient’s mind, over and over again like a recurring nightmare while you’re wide awake. They can lead to overwhelming amounts of stress, anxiety, fear, anger, aggressiveness and depression. Luckily, Marijuana interacts with Cannabinoid receptors in the brain to slow your thought process and soothe these negative thoughts.

Decreases Hyperarousal

Hyperarousal causes a person to be on “high-alert” or feel extremely anxious. Often times, this is physically exhibited by increased heart rate and respiration. Typically this occurs from thinking about the traumatic event. Marijuana decreases these negative feelings that produce panic attacks.

Improves Impulse Control

Additionally, cannabis can slow the cognitive “thinking” process, perhaps providing more time to think a decision through.

Helps Ease Aggression and Anger

It has been suggested that unlike alcohol, marijuana actually reduces aggressiveness and makes the patient much slower to anger. Scientists believe this has something to do with the way cannabinoids (CBD and THC, specifically) interact with cannabinoid receptors in the brain.

Lifts Anxiety and Depression

Marijuana is particularly good at reducing anxiety and depression by boosting positivity. Certain strains provide different effects so it’s extremely important that you get a recommendation from your doctor as some strains can actually make anxiety and paranoia worse.

Consolidates Fear Memories

Furthermore, marijuana is able to assist in processing traumatic memories by consolidating fear memories. This means that it takes memories of negative experiences that may have gotten out of control and stabilizes them so that less flashbacks and panic attacks occur.

May Promote Neurogenesis

Neurogenesis is the growth and development of new nervous tissue. Research suggests that neurogenesis can treat anxiety disorders, like PTSD.  Studies have shown that marijuana promotes neurogenesis, thus allowing it to treat this disorder.

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All things considered, there’s no reason to suffer in silence, when medical marijuana is capable of treating PTSD.

If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, contact Marijuana Doctor, today.

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As you may know, marijuana has the ability to treat a plethora of different symptoms and diseases. Symptoms like depression and chronic pain, are two of the most common causes of suicide. In this article, we’ll be discussing the effect of medical marijuana on suicide rates.

Common Causes of Suicide

Suicide is one of those things that is difficult for many people to understand. It’s hard to put yourself in the shoes of someone that has once contemplated it. Many explanations have been given, but 2 stick out as the most prominent.

Depression is the leading cause of suicide. Often times, the person who is suffering has tried many different outlets, to no avail. In their mind, suicide is the last option for relief. One of the most important things that you must understand, no matter how difficult life may be, is that there is ALWAYS another way. Marijuana relieves depression, by boosting mood and positivity. It is most definitely worth a try, if you are experiencing these feelings.

Chronic pain has also led to many suicides. Much like depression, people experiencing chronic pain see no other way out. Marijuana has the ability to relieve this pain as well, by interacting with the receptors in the brain. Opioids are often prescribed to treat chronic pain even though they produce a slew of negative side effects. Medical marijuana on the other hand, relieves pain but does not produce the same negative side effects.

Studies

In an attempt to understand the effect of medical marijuana on suicide rates, several studies have been conducted.

One study administered 3 years after medical marijuana laws were passed concluded that the suicide rate for men in their 20’s and 30’s decreased by 10%.

States with access to medical marijuana have also seen a 25% drop in opiate overdose deaths as well as alcohol related deaths.

While these numbers may seem small, they are actually quite significant. If marijuana can save just one life, wouldn’t that be worth it?

Access to Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana has proven itself to be a viable treatment option for these symptoms, and many others at that. This miracle drug has saved lives, and will continue to save more in the future as medical marijuana becomes more accessible

If You Need Help…

Call the Suicide National Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

“Suicide is never the answer, but medical marijuana may be.”

If you’re a Florida resident suffering from depression, chronic pain or any other symptoms for that matter, schedule your free consultation, today!

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