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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

While much debate remains about whether or not medical marijuana is effective for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, some states are allowing doctors to prescribe cannabis for it. While more studies are being conducted, it's looking like medical marijuana is a viable treatment for PTSD - along with continued counseling.

It is estimated that nearly 25% of all medical marijuana patients are also military veterans. Many of these veterans also suffer from PTSD received through traumatic combat experiences. However, very few of these veterans are actually prescribed medical marijuana for this disorder.

States such as New Mexico have declared PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) a viable ailment to be prescribed medicinal cannabis.

However, not everyone is on board with this notion. Director of the Stanford Center on Stress and Health, Dr. David Spiegel stated about the use of MMJ in PTSD patients, “The last thing you want is to be losing control at a time when you’re remembering an event in which you lost control.”

Many medical marijuana patients who have been diagnosed with PTSD have contested this by saying they don’t use marijuana to the point of feeling like they’re out of control. Many of them feel that there is a big difference between college dorm room pot smoking and responsible, medicinal use of cannabis.

In order to help alleviate some of the confusion, the American Medical Association is running controlled studies to test the effectiveness of cannabis in treating PTSD and other ailments.

However, the research that has been done has shown that certain joyful and uplifting sativa are good for the treatment of PTSD, as well as indica-dominant hybrids that don’t provide a heavy sedative effect.


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Guest | Sep 23, 2013

My switch running from my brain into my adrenal gland is broken, some call it PTSD, I can sleep only four hours a night at best without waking in a pool of sweat, heart beating out of my chest. The valium I get from the VA helps but after many years

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Guest | Jul 7, 2013

I have PTSD from multiple rapes and being molested by my brother throughout my childhood. MMJ is the only thing that helps. I have tried every antidepressant known to man and they all help for awhile but then lose effectiveness. MMJ works every time

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Guest | May 8, 2013

I have PTSD from my mother incesting and molesting me. Marijuana has really helped.

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Guest | Apr 18, 2013

I have PTSD from being raped multiple times. And marijuana actually does help.

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Guest | Jan 29, 2012

I am an Iraq vet. I lost my right leg above the knee and lost my hamstring on my left leg too. I was on a ton of methadone, oxy, neuroton(?- cant spell) plus WAY more. I hate pills and never took them growing up. Army had to keep me alive but the p

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Wallira | Sep 23, 2011

Marijuana for PTSD in rats? A good experiment. [url=http://www.newsytype.com/11695-marijuana-ptsd-rats]Marijuana cures PTSD in rats, Israeli study shows[/url] . The study was released in the publication Neuropsychopharmacology. As long as the rodents w

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Kushie Q | May 1, 2011

I have seen the effects that MMJ has on a PTSD patient, both in myself and in a family member. The world that you live in with this is really hard, the panic and depression is the worst for me. MMJ helps to relieve both symptoms and makes things a lot

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b1nary | Mar 29, 2011

i was diagnosed with PTSD from the marines and mmj helps me with quite a few of the symptoms like depression, pain and panic attacks, but i also have to agree with lindzzz based on the fact that REALLY strong indica's do exactly that...they make me fre

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lindzzz | Mar 22, 2011

I think that people who are trying to use cannabis to help with PTSD should be careful about the types of strains they use. A heavy indica may make matters worse, panic-wise. As long as these patients are fully informed about what types of strains woul

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