PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a type of anxiety disorder that occurs after experiencing or witnessing life-threatening events or an extreme emotional trauma such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents or physical or sexual assaults.
Marijuana to Treat PTSD Symptoms
According to Medical Jane, to date, there are no pharmaceutical treatments specifically designed or approved to target symptoms of PTSD. In addition, conventional treatments may not be effective for some PTSD patients, hence many are using marijuana as a self-medication to improve their quality of life.
Marijuana is seen by many as a natural alternative to antidepressants, benzodiazepines and other prescription drugs. Proponents for marijuana often argue that its side effects outweigh the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. Marijuana can alleviate various PTSD symptoms, including:
- Difficulty sleeping or insomnia
- Anger or irritability
- Feelings of fear
- Lack of appetite
- Depression or general sadness
- Severe anxiety
Research is currently being done to help us understand and treat PTSD more effectively. In 2016, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approved a clinical trial to study the effectiveness of cannabis as a treatment for PTSD in military veterans. This is the first time in history that any federal agency has approved a clinical trial with the intent of developing marijuana into a prescription drug.
It should be noted that marijuana helps patients cope with the symptoms of PTSD but does not treat the root cause of the issue. Mental health treatment programs such as psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy can help patients work through the trauma that actually caused the PTSD.
Medical Marijuana Strains for Trauma
Here are some popular strains for PTSD patients seeking symptom relief.
- Blueberry God
Blue God is an almost 100% Indica strain that originates from British Columbia. It offers a sedated, body calming high. Medical users have suggested that Blue God is a very effective strain for chronic pain, stress, insomnia, and irritability.
- Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel is a Sativa strain that delivers a fast acting, cerebral, energizing type of high which helps relieve stress, depression, and pain at the same time.
- Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies is one of the top ranked strains when it comes to treating depression and anxiety. It is also used in managing severe pain, treating low appetite and as a solution for nausea.
- Grand Daddy Purple
This shatter strain is great for after dinner before bed as it hits pretty heavy, and is highly recommended for patients that suffer from stress, pain, insomnia, and muscle spasms.
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