What is PTSD?
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder developed from witnessing a life-threatening or overly traumatic event such as military combat, assault, serious accidents, etc. Survivors may develop reoccurring memories or flashbacks that can occur while sleeping or at other moments that remind them of the previous event that may cause erratic behavior. 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 also 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. According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs there are four main symptoms of PTSD:
1.Reliving the event or re-experiencing it.
2.Avoiding situations that cause the memory of the event to return.
3.Negative changes in activities in previous feelings or beliefs.
4.Hyper arousal or the feeling of always being alert for danger.
What can medical cannabis do to help?
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is currently conducting a study to find the correlation between PTSD and the effects of marijuana. Their study conducted of 76 U.S. veterans who were diagnosed with treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder and the effect that intaking marijuana had on their symptoms. Martin Lee of MAPS references such a study in the past and found that people with PTSD showed lower levels of anandamide, a natural cannabinoid compound found in mammal’s brain receptors (read the full article here).
Essentially what they found was that there is a positive correlation between the effects of endocannabinoids released when smoking marijuana and the lower levels in patients with PTSD, he writes:
To keep up with MAPS’s FDA approved ongoing report, click here.
In short, the compounds from THC / CBD can actively replace the lack of natural cannabinoid compounds going to brain receptors as a short-term treatment or relief from the effects of PTSD.
How do you tell if medical cannabis is right for you?
There is no designated cure for PTSD and behavioral therapy has shown great strides in helping those with PTSD overcome their issues. However, cannabis can also help provide relief from the symptoms of PTSD. Please consult your doctor if you are considering applying for medical cannabis to make sure it is the correct treatment for you.
I have PTSD and would like to apply for the Illinois program:
Note: this is for Illinois citizens diagnosed with PTSD only.
1.Please see a doctor and confirm you have PTSD (if you have not already)
2.Apply for the Illinois Medical Marijuana Pilot Program here.
3.If you are a veteran receiving medication from a VA facility, you must also submit 1 years worth of medical records to the state of Illinois with the application.
4.Understand the laws about medical marijuana in Illinois. Reference here.
5.Once you receive your card in the mail, you may need to apply for a dispensary. To apply for Nature’s Care online, click here.
At Nature’s Care, we are always dedicated to help those in need as well as educate, especially our nation’s veterans in their time of need. To learn more about PTSD, please see the US Department of Veteran Affairs website.