Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is defined by the Mayo Clinic as a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event– either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include but are not limited to flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety and uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
The Mayo Clinic continues to explain that “many people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while, but they don’t have PTSD with time and good self-care, they usually get better. But if the symptoms get worse or last for months or even years and interfere with your functioning, you may have PTSD.”
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The number of military personnel and veterans diagnosed with and living with PTSD is higher now that is has ever previously been (Veterans and PTSD 2015). Another astounding fact is that half of these individuals never seek medical treatment for various reasons. Some argue that the Veterans Affairs Department insufficiently handles the treatment of PTSD by simply using trial and error through a list of psychoactive medications and therapy with psychiatrists who don’t seem to really care.
The combination of a feeling of hopelessness and a lack of viable treatment options often lead to suicide among those with military-related PTSD, specifically those from the Afghanistan-Iraq War. Currently there is an average of 22 suicides a day, up from a low of 18-a-year in 2007, based on a 2012 VA suicide Data Report.
While looking for alternate treatments, many have asked the question can cannabis treat PTSD?
The answer is yes, and many living with PTSD have found that cannabis has been a more effective treatment than any medication prescribed by the VA. Smoking it can relieve anxiety, help individuals sleep deeply and without disturbance, and also help to stave off depression. Some medical professionals even argue that the Cannabidiol (CBD) can actually help repair the brain, healing those pathways that facilitate the symptoms of PTSD.
According to a recent article in the High Times, researchers are now moving forward with a government approved study that could result in cannabis being used as an acceptable treatment for PTSD. Until this study is conducted and findings published, it is important for those living with PTSD to know that CBD oil is now legal for home delivery in all 50 states. As the oil contains no THC, people can use this to self-medicate without the ‘high’ affect and risk of positive drug screen results.
This is wonderful news for all of those living with PTSD. Finally, an option for healing without the stoner-stigma and illegalities (for those in many states).
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if PTSD was a thing of the past? This ambitious dream could very likely become a reality thanks to cannabis!
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