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What does medical marijuana do for PTSD?
Medical marijuana has become an increasingly popular method of treatment for people suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), also called PTSS (Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome). While research is limited, PTSD patients are stating that the benefits of medical cannabis have been noticeable, particularly when it comes to anxiety and sleep disturbances.
The endocannabinoid system plays a significant part in two of the biggest PTSS factors: memory building and stress response. The CB1 receptor in your brain is responsible for what is known as extinction learning. This means that humans are able to replace old memories with new ones. By masking these memories, cannabis is able to eliminate that panicked response that would come when reliving the memories.
Medical Marijuana helps with Extreme Anxiety
For PTSS patients who suffer from tremendous and extreme anxiety, the function of extinction learning may be impaired. Researchers have actually found that an impaired endocannabinoid system could actually lead to the development and manifestation of anxiety disorders, such as PTSD. Medical Marijuana not only relieves the symptoms of PTSD and PTSS, but through the extinction learning process, can actually help replace those traumatic memories with new ones.
Medical Marijuana helps Patients Sleep
One of the most debilitating symptoms of PTSS is, without a doubt, trouble getting adequate sleep. Fortunately, patients who use medical marijuana in Florida have found tremendous success in improving their sleep quality and quantity. Being more rested allows the brain to better process panic and anxiety when it does arrive.
Possible Side Effects of Medical Marijuana
As with any other medication, consult with your prescribing medical cannabis doctor for delivery method, dosing, and other recommendations to give you the most relief. Millions of individuals have had tremendous success in treating Post-Traumatic conditions with medical marijuana. That being said, as with any other medication, side-effects are possible and can include decreased blood pressure, dizziness, fainting, and increased heart rate. If you are experiencing these side effects, consult with your prescribing physician immediately. Medical Marijuana has also been known to alter the effects of other medications, especially sedatives, so always let your doctor know of any other medications you may be taking.
The need for reliable, expert medical marijuana education doesn’t stop just because we can’t gather in person. That’s why we are continuing our efforts to provide online medical marijuana education!
We’re joined by industry experts as we broadcast live each week so you can learn from the comfort and safety of your home. Attendees will be able to ask questions, hear from guest experts on each topic, and rewatch previous broadcasts on our new YouTube channel!
MMAS events will continue to be absolutely FREE, and new topics will be announced regularly both here at MarijuanaAware.com and on our social media, including Facebook and Twitter.
Post-Traumatic Stress webinars
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Read what others say about Medical Marijuana and PTSD
– 6 months on medical cannabis
– Previously treated with debilitating anxiety medications
When I was approved for Medical Marijuana, my anxiety had gotten so bad I was vomiting at times and I went up on anxiety medicines, which was bad for me and I could not drive. With Cannabis and a doctors recommendation I was able to go to a lower dose, and realize the pharmaceuticals were too high of a dose for me to be able to work and function normally. I am able to work more again have a second part time job now and feel like I am getting my life back. Driving again fine not when using of course. The doctors are great at MMTC and the cannabis pharmacies I have tried have all been excellent.
– 2 years on medical cannabis
– Degenerative Disc Disorder, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression
I live with a 3 level titanium neck. I have severe osteoarthritis. Severe fibromyalgia. Ptsd. Major anxiety. Bouts of depression. I am cane and wheelchair free by the grace of God and his plant.
– 5 months on medical cannabis
– Back Pain, Sciatica, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder, Insomnia
– Previously treated with opioids, benzos, antidepressants
After 5 months of cannabis treatment I am so happy to report the I no longer take any prescription medications for my conditions which are sciatica, major depression, general anxiety disorder with panic attacks and insomnia.
In the past I had a medication for each of those conditions that had bad side effects and addiction problems from the opiates to the benzos as well as the anti-depressants causing mania. After dealing with some of these for 20+ years it is AWESOME to have these conditions finally under some control that seems reasonable. Frankly, I haven’t had a quality of life this good in a very long time. Sansha was great to me at the Summerfield location and God bless you all at MMTC.
– 4 months on medical cannabis
– PTSD, severe physical trauma to back
– Previously treated with mood stabilizers
Excerpt: "I took 9-10 pills in the morning and another handful like that every night. Since I've come here, I don't take any of those pills in the morning. I do take some nighttime pills, but I don't take mood stabilizers like I had to. I’ve been treated with medical cannabis four months, and it has made a huge change.
I came to Dr. Dorn, and it seemed like I already had known him. I think the the best thing is, if I had any questions at all, he would answer them..."
Richard B., 71
Pensacola Medical Marijuana Doctor
– 2 1/2 months on medical cannabis
– PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
I’m a front line combat veteran. I was in Vietnam– July 67-68. The medical marijuana has given me some mental peace that I have not experienced in 50 years. It doesn’t take it away but it does soften the past experiences of combat.
– 5 months on medical cannabis
– Neuropathy, blood disorder, panic disorder, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes
– Previously treated with opiates
I sought pain relief from opiates for more 12 years, per my neurologist. They were doing no good for my pain nor my health, more habit than relief. I have multiple disorders and am completely disabled, unable to work. I began to realize the pain killers were killing me, not the pain, and slowing me down.
I have long believed in the medical uses of marijuana. If only our state government and federal government would just stay out of it. I learned to listen to body and it tells me what works for what hurts, and pills only kill people, it only delays the pain and harms the body where natural herbal treatment has helped from day ONE! No side effects, I am still working on finding the right levels for me, but that will come in time, for now it is working better than any pill ever did.
I found it disheartening to have lost my younger brother in 2001 to opiates at his age of 31, after his abuse and overdose I began to wonder if Florida was ever going to see the truth of natural remedies for pain are much better and effective at controlling the pain. I haven’t ever heard of overdosing on pot. In my opinion it’s more than just good for pain, but does not affect the bodily functions as do many other drugs. It has only helped through and through, finally relief I can believe in.
Thank you. No more opiates. I have a blood disorder, panic disorder, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. My day starts with pain and my activity is limited, yet I’m lucky to still be here, at least I’ve found something good in natural medicine rather than poppy seed derivatives or worse. I worked in field service for 16 years after five years of communications electronics working on the bench to component level design and test. I needed movement in my day! Now I’m lucky to to still be able to walk. I do have diabetes, and the neuropathy came from massive blood clot pulmonary, COPD, etc. Cannabis is certainly been the best treatment for my condition so far without a doubt.
– 2 months on medical cannabis
– PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Anxiety, sleeping problems
– Previously treated with antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication, antipsychotic medication
The side effects for taking pill medication are as follow. [antidepressants]: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or stomach ache. Constipation or diarrhea. Loss of interest in sex (erectile dysfunction in men). [anti-anxiety medication]: sleep problems (insomnia), memory problems, poor balance or coordination. Slurred speech. [antipsychotic medication]: dry mouth, sore throat, stomach pain, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, constipation. Which all equals no life. With medical marijuana I do not have any of these side effects. I can have a life full of activities. I sleep better with no nightmares. It helps with my PTSD and anxiety.
– 14 months on medical cannabis
– PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), sleeping problems
I’m still working out some various formularies but I’ve been able to eliminate two medications so I can sleep at night. Still trying to get the day medications tossed out. Overall, medical marijuana has been a blessing because it’s helping me to eliminate poisonous drugs that are pushed on us without a full explanation of the side effects and adverse health consequences of taking them in the long term.
Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor
– 1 months on medical cannabis
My doctor was compassionate caring and assisted me with understanding what I needed. I went to my clinic knowledgeable and had questions that were pertinent to my condition. I walked away with what I needed and wanted without overpaying. My clinic was caring and understanding and guided me in the right direction. I am pleased with my doctor and clinic.
Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor
– 3 months on medical cannabis
– Epilepsy, Neuropathy, Migraines, Anxiety
I can’t give enough positive feedback for people in my [medical cannabis] experience. I’m not being treated solely for epilepsy, I am being treated for multiple conditions, from neuropathy to migraines, anxiety, and many others. My anxiety and all have been controlled since I started using cannabis. I was confined to my house at times due to the anxiety being so high that I couldn’t go out and function with society. Now due to a vape pen I go out anytime with my service animal. I thank God and these people for the help. I ask that you don’t jump to judgement, for when there comes a time that nothing works on your body or your mind any more, can you turn somewhere else? Somewhere positive. That somewhere was here! Thank you thank you thank you! I cannot recommend the vape pens enough if you deal with extreme pain or extreme anxiety. I cannot recommend these people enough. Give them a chance. What a prayer answered, thank you Jesus! Thank you to Dr. Dorn and all the people that work and deliver. God bless you all!