medical marijuana, ptsd

Cannabis for PTSD

Today is National PTSD Awareness Day – a day to raise awareness about this condition.

An estimated 8% of Americans – that’s 24.4 million people – have PTSD at any given time*.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized as uncontrollable anxiety and flashbacks following a traumatic experience. Please read our post about managing PTSD during this time of year (July 4 fireworks).

Studies have shown cannabinoids are effective at reducing the symptoms of PTSD to help patients experience less anxiety and fear, as well as improving sleep.

In 2013, Paul brokered a compromise between the Maine Medical Association, advocates, and legislators to pass into law LD 361 allowing medical cannabis to be recommended for PTSD.

A new study from Canada also describes how cannabis helps reduce depression in those with PTSD.

CBD and THC help provide therapeutic results by improving the endocannabinoid system’s processing of essential functions including memory. By activating CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout this system, cannabinoids can stimulate it to produce neurotransmitters that helps promote happiness, pleasure, and memory.

Types of strains for the symptoms of PTSD:

Anxiety – Indica strains can relax the mind.

Depression – Sativa strains or CBD dominant strains.

Trouble Sleeping – Indica strains.

Pain – Heavy indica strains, or those with higher CBD.

A 50/50 Hybrid like Bubba Kush x Cindy 99 can help with many symptoms at once including: stress, depression, pain, muscle spasms, & lack of appetite.


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