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Post-Traumatic Stress

Treating PTSD with Medical Marijuana

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.

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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.

Treating PTSD with Medical Marijuana in Florida

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with PTSD in Florida and are interested in how medical marijuana may be able to help you, take our qualification survey and schedule an appointment today!

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Medical Marijuana
Awareness Webinars

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

Click a section below to see the presentation slides, video recording, and additional resources for each webinar.

Kim hawkes

November 24, 2020  •  Treating Post-Traumatic Stress with Medical Marijuana

Kim Hawkes, Director of Physician Management for Surterra Wellness / Parallel
Joshua Littrell, Founder & Managing Director, Veterans for Cannabis Foundation

Zack swan

August 4, 2020  •  Treating Post-Traumatic Stress with Medical Marijuana

Zack Swan, Sales and Marketing Director, MÜV AltMed Florida
Joshua Littrell, Founder & Managing Director, Veterans for Cannabis Foundation

Arnetra shettleworth

July 14, 2020  •  Treating Post-Traumatic Stress with Medical Marijuana

Arnetra Shettleworth, VP of Operations, Southern Region, Columbia Care
Joshua Littrell, Founder & Managing Director, Veterans for Cannabis Foundation

Joshua littrell founder and managing director of the veterans for cannabis foundation

May 28, 2020  •  Treating Post-Traumatic Stress with Medical Marijuana

Joshua Littrell, Founder & Managing Director, Veterans for Cannabis Foundation

Post Traumatic Stress and Medical Marijuana

What is Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)?

The Mayo Clinic defines Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) as a mental condition often triggered by a terrifying or traumatic experience. In some cases, the traumatic event may not even be personally experienced by the patient, but simply witnessed. This event then manipulates the patient’s mental health, leading to anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, nightmares, and many more traumatic symptoms.

What does PTSD Stand for?

PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, recently there has been a big push to relabel the condition as PTS, due to the potential negative stigma behind the word “disorder.”

What is the difference between PTS and PTSD

According to Brainline, PTS is a more temporary ailment, which oftentimes can be resolved within a month or so. PTSD, on the other hand, can last significantly longer and have a much greater impact on one’s quality of life. That being said, the terms are interchangeable and both are acceptable.

What causes PTSD?

The National Health Service explains that PTSD typically develops following an exceptionally traumatic event. These events can include, but are not limited to: war, significant accidents, phsyical assault, sexual assault, childhood abuse or trauma, workplace trauma, and much more.

What is Complex PTSD?

Complex PTSD is simply PTSD with additional symptoms. Patients who have been diagnosed with Complex PTSD experience many, if not all, of the same symptoms as PTS patients, but will also experience additional symptoms such as depression, trouble controlling emotions, feeling worthless, antisocial behaviors, feelings of isolation, and even possible thoughts of suicide. Complex PTSD and PTSD are both life-altering and serious mental health conditions.

How can I treat Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)?

While doctors have attempted to treat PTSD patients using traditional pharmaceutical and therapeutic methods for decades, more and more patients are finding significantly more relief through the use of Medical Cannabis. Patients have found that treating their PTS with medical marijuana edibles, flower, tinctures, etc. have provided a natural form of relief for their ailment.

How Medical Cannabis Works

Patients suffering from a wide variety of ailments have begun to turn towards medical cannabis to seek relief from their symptoms. Patients suffering from seizures, pain, ALS, cancer, and many, many more conditions have reported experiencing a tremendous boost in quality of life due to the use of medical marijuana. Medical cannabis contains two primary compounds, THC(delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD(cannabidiol). These two compounds work with natural compounds within your body to provide relief for pain, reduce anxiety, control nausea and boost appetite, as well as many other prominent benefits. 

How does medical marijuana help with PTSD?

Forbes recently published an article detailing how many medical marijuana patients have treated their mental health issues for years with great success. Forbes goes on to elaborate that two recent studies spoke volumes to the efficacy of treating PTSD with medical marijuana. The first study, conducted by researchers at Wayne State University, indicated that medical cannabis can limit the activity within the amygdala. The amygdala is the portion of the brain which controls fear and responses to frightful or triggering stimuli. The second study, which was conducted by Federal University of Parana in Brazil, explained that medical marijuana can help PTSD patients replace their traumatic memories with new memories in an event labeled “extinction learning.”

Read what others say about Medical Marijuana and PTSD

Medical Marijuana For PTSD

Medical marijuana has become an increasingly popular treatment method for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). New studies continue to provide evidence that sheds light on the ways in which medical marijuana can provide relief in patients dealing with PTSD and other mental health conditions. 

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a shocking, frightening or dangerous event. These events often trigger the body’s natural defenses, known as the “fight or flight” response. This response is the body’s way of helping to protect itself from possible harm. As a result, hormones are released, increasing alertness, blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing.

In most cases, people recover from this response. Some, however, may continue to feel ongoing stress and frightened long after the traumatic event. These symptoms and feelings are what is known as PTSD. 

How Does Medical Marijuana Help with PTSD?

Many people living with PTSD have reported positive results from medical marijuana. In one study, researchers found that PTSD sufferers who used medical marijuana not only reported a greater decrease in PTSD symptom severity, but also were 2.57 times more likely to recover from PTSD than those who weren’t using medical marijuana in the study.

Another study, recently published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, found that “cannabis reduced the severity of intrusions, returning thoughts of a traumatic event, by about 62%, flashbacks by 51%, irritability by 67%, and anxiety by 57%.”

PTSD patients state that the benefits of medical marijuana have been noticeable, particularly when it comes to anxiety and sleep disturbances. Many people report using medical marijuana to cope with anxiety when given at lower doses. 

Another debilitating symptom of PTSD is trouble getting adequate sleep. According to the Sleep Foundation, an estimated nine in ten people with PTSD suffer from insomnia. Fortunately, medical marijuana has been known to be an effective sleep aid.

Research has found that “THC reportedly promotes sleep by activating the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 receptors. It has also been widely reported that THC shortens the period of sleep latency and causes the users to sleep longer.” 

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card

Do you suffer from PTSD? At MMTCFL, we can determine if you are eligible for medical marijuana and help you get your medical marijuana registration card. Get started with medical marijuana today by taking our online eligibility survey.

JP, 47, Summerfield

JP, 47
Summerfield Medical Marijuana Doctor

– 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.

Tom, 45, Summerfield

Tom, 45
Summerfield Medical Marijuana Doctor

– 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.

Russ, 39, Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic

Russ, 39
Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor

– 4 months on medical cannabis
– PTSD, severe physical trauma to back
– Previously treated with mood stabilizers

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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

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.

T.M., 53, St. Petersburg

T.M., 53
St. Petersburg Medical Marijuana Doctor

– 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.


Ben, 40, Pensacola

Ben, 40
Pensacola Medical Marijuana Doctor

– 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.

Greg, 37, Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic

Greg, 37
Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor

– 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.


Kathleen, 65, Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic

Kathleen, 65
Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor

– 1 months on medical cannabis
– Anxiety

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.