• Ashley Slimak

How Medical Marijuana Can Help PTSD




Post-traumatic stress disorder, often shortened to PTSD, is an anxiety disorder related to exposure of a traumatic event or experience. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point in their lives.


Patients suffering from PTSD can experience a number of symptoms, including: anxiety, depression, difficulty sleeping, night terrors, extreme phobias and more. Almost anyone who has lived through a traumatic experience can develop PTSD. It is commonly observed in military veterans or individuals who have encountered childhood abuse, assault or physical abuse.


Medical Marijuana Treatment for PTSD

Studies have shown that medical marijuana is a great solution for both the physical and mental symptoms associated with PTSD. Based on these findings, the FDA has also approved the use of medical marijuana for veterans living with PTSD.


So how exactly does marijuana help PTSD?

We have cannabinoid receptors that are located in both our brain and throughout our body that regulate things such as our emotions, thoughts, appetite and movement.. When THC binds to our receptors, it has different effects depending on the receptor it binds to. The science shows that marijuana treatment can help the following symptoms associated with PTSD:

  • Relieve anxiety and depression

  • Minimize hallucinations

  • Improve quality of sleep

  • Alleviate chronic pain

  • Reduce stress

  • Improve mood

  • Enhance focus and concentration


If you suffer from PTSD and are interested in medical marijuana treatment, please give us a call today at 866-457-5559 to schedule an appointment today. Or, if you are living with anxiety or depression that you believe could be related to PTSD, click here to learn more about our PTSD diagnosis appointments.


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