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If You're Suffering From PTSD, Consider Trying Medical Marijuana

If you suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you may have tried antidepressants and other psychiatric therapies that offered little or no relief. Medical marijuana, however, has been shown to relieve many PTSD symptoms.

The health professionals at Coastal Wellness Centers are skilled at using medical marijuana to treat a host of physical and psychological conditions, including PTSD. Here’s how medical marijuana can give you relief from PTSD symptoms.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a psychiatric condition found in people who have witnessed or experienced one or several traumatic events. These events include natural disasters, serious accidents, terrorism, war or combat conditions, and violent assaults including rape.

Throughout history, PTSD has been called “shell shock” or “combat fatigue,” and was most often associated with combat veterans. Today, we know that PTSD can occur in anybody. The American Psychiatric Association says that 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, an estimated 1 in 11 people, will be diagnosed with PTSD sometime in their life. 

PTSD is characterized by disturbing and intense thoughts related to the traumatic event long after it occurred. Victims are plagued by flashbacks or nightmares, feelings of sadness, anger, fear, and estrangement from others. 

PTSD symptoms

PTSD symptoms typically fall into four categories.

Intrusive thoughts

Repeated and involuntary memories, nightmares, or flashbacks to the trauma. These symptoms can seem so real that you feel like you’re reliving the traumatic experience.

Avoiding reminders

PTSD victims often avoid the people, activities, places, objects, and situations that provoke memories of the trauma. Victims often resist discussing what happened and how they feel about it.

Negative thoughts and feelings

PTSD sufferers may have distorted beliefs about themselves and others, like “I’m bad and can’t trust anyone.” You may experience ongoing horror, anger, guilt, and shame. 

Arousal and reactive symptom

PTSD victims may experience irritability and angry outbursts, reckless and self-destructive behavior, problems sleeping or concentrating, and being easily startled.

How medical marijuana can help PTSD victims

Research shows that PTSD patients have an endocannabinoid deficiency. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a cell-signaling system that helps regulate: 

Medical cannabis can stimulate your ECS to reduce PTSD symptoms. 

Dr. Alexander Neumeister, a PTSD, and medical marijuana researcher, has said that existing pharmaceutical treatments, such as antidepressants, “simply do not work. In fact, we know very well that people with PTSD who use marijuana — a potent cannabinoid — often experience more relief from their symptoms than they do from antidepressants and other psychiatric medications.” 

If you’d like to explore how medical marijuana can help you, call Coastal Wellness Centers at 386-302-4842. We have clinics in Ormond Beach and Orange City, Florida to help you. 

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