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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 I've built up a tolerance to it. I tried alcohol but lost all control. I tried growing some northern lights and did two years in Oklahoma state corrections....it could have been life...for one fucking plant! Now it's not just the combat nightmares but the drug war nightmares have joined the ranks now! Not only is it possible for anyone to get a life sentence in Oklahoma, but you can also profit like all the others in the justice department by simply buying stock. Since 2009 CCA correction corporation of America started out as a publicly traded stock worth 9$ a share now it is 35$ a share. What you are buying stock in prisons and as long as every bed is full you make money! At taxpayer expense. Sadly enough the only ones that know about the justice departments little secret are the justice department and those who are prisoners of the drug war. Oklahoma now warehouses inmates from six different states, and the CCA is now in other countries too! What that means is they con you into coming into a CCA controlled facility here in Oklahoma from else where. Once here you fall under the laws of Oklahoma...say you were doing time and during a shake down you are found in possession of something that tested positive for marijuana...now you have to go to court in Oklahoma where you will get the most time for marijuana than any state in the Union and the CCA along with the justice department makes money from the system at taxpayer expense. How many in the Justice department know about this system...all of them do! Now so do you!
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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 all of the 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 pills made me angry, a jerk, and I was always sick. I would vomit every morning either from pain of the drugs. I had 3 withdrawls attacks just in the hospital( i was there only 9 1/2 months. I hate pills and didnt want them but i couldnt just drop them all...I tried. I got the withdrawls. Finally, I came home and was only less but a lot. Long story short...MMJ helps my pain the most. Nothing takes my pain away but MMJ has the less side effects and I dont act like a monster. Pills changed me...MMJ saves me. Ive been in pain since July 31 2006. Thanks to MMJ i can do more. Problem is, I'm in a state that hates MMJ. HELP NEB!!
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Wallira | Sep 23, 2011
 
Marijuana for PTSD in rats? A good experiment. Marijuana cures PTSD in rats, Israeli study shows . The study was released in the publication Neuropsychopharmacology. As long as the rodents were addressed with weed within 24 hours of the traumatic encounter, PTSD symptoms were avoided. Well, human beings are different compare to animals. I think that would not be helpful to a human person.
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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 more manageable. Without it I would be so drugged from the prescriptions they want me to take. A good indica will work every time.
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Ha-Y-N Boi In CO | 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 freak out, thats why i stick with hybrids.
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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 would be best for their particular condition, I see cannabis use as a positive. I have a friend who was in Iraq and he got shot in the stomach, and came home on leave. Every single time he heard a loud noise he freaked out, because it reminded him of bombs and guns going off... I got him to try cannabis one night and he said it completely changed his life. He was called back to Iraq after his abdomen healed, and finished his contract 8 months later. After he got back the second time he was diagnosed with PTSD. I don't think he has a medical recommendation, but I believe that any compassionate doctor would see him as a qualified candidate for the use of medical cannabis.