PTSD has just been approved as a viable condition to qualify for medical marijuana treatment in Illinois, however, it is important to know how cannabis can help treat this ailment.
What is PTSD?
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome is an anxiety disorder developed from witnessing a life-threatening or overly traumatic event. Survivors may develop reoccurring memories or flashbacks that can occur while sleeping or at other moments that remind them of the previous event. Many people with these issues can also have difficulty sleeping, feel distanced from society and even have difficulty doing every day tasks. People who develop PTSD are at a higher risk of developing other disorders such as depression, short-term memory loss and even substance abuse. This can further the inability to function in society or hold down a steady occupation.
How can Marijuana help?
Many believe that there is a correlation between the endocannabinoid system and PTSD, specifically, the lack of normal cannabinoid compounds found in those who have been diagnosed with the disease. Researchers found that those with PTSD showed lower signs of these natural cannabinoid compounds (anandamide) actively in their systems. The compounds from THC can actively replace the lack of these compounds going to brain receptors as a short-term treatment or relief from the effects of the disease. Many veterans used marijuana to help combat the effects PTSD on their system under the table in the past for this reason and continue to do so today in states that it is not medically approved or legal.
As PTSD has been approved for a qualifying condition, we are here to help. Please see our new page on PTSD here for additional information about the effect of cannabis and how those with the disease can apply for the program.