Medical Marijuana for PTSD in Plantation, Florida
The Green Life Health and Wellness is located in Plantation, Florida. We are Broward county’s leading medical marijuana provider.
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop after experiencing a traumatic event. The results of this range from lingering memories and difficulty sleeping to emotional instability and an extreme shift in an individual’s perception of the world. Those suffering from these symptoms for more than a few months are at risk of developing PTSD. Cannabis has emerged as an increasingly popular alternative treatment and is safer than prescription medication that have unpleasant side effects.
PTSD in the United States
- Between 7 and 8 percent of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
- During a given year, approximately 8 million adults have PTSD, with 3 million of these being new diagnoses.
- Ten out of every 100 women (or 10%) will develop PTSD during their lifetime.
- Four out of every 100 men (or 4%) will develop PTSD during their lifetime.
People with PTSD may experience symptoms such as nightmares or unwanted memories of the trauma, avoidance of situations that bring back memories of the trauma, heightened reactions, anxiety, or depressed mood. Some common behaviors associated with this disorder are agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, and social isolation. Psychological effects include flashbacks, fear, severe anxiety and mistrust. There is typically a general loss of interest or pleasure in activities, even those that were found enjoyable prior to development of PTSD. Symptoms that are also common are emotional detachment, unwanted thoughts, a feeling of guilt and/or loneliness, nightmares and insomnia.
How Medical Cannabis Can Help
Cannabinoids THC and CBD can help reduce suffering in patients with PTSD by prompting the brain to produce the neurotransmitters that promote happiness, pleasure, and memory.
A study was conducted by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center, and the results show that people with PTSD have significantly lower levels of a neurotransmitter called anandamide than those without PTSD. Anandamide is one of the body’s endocannabinoids, or cannabinoids produced naturally in the body, and is responsible for regulating happiness, fear, anxiety, and other moods. This makes cannabis an excellent treatment option for people with PTSD.
Medical cannabis has the additional advantage over conventional medicine in that it allows people struggling with PTSD to process their trauma, whereas conventional prescriptions merely mask the symptoms. A study published in Molecular Psychiatry showed that treatment using particular compounds found in the marijuana plant can benefit patients with PTSD, and that “plant-derived cannabinoids (psychoactive chemicals) such as marijuana may possess some benefits in individuals with PTSD by helping relieve haunting nightmares and other symptoms of PTSD”. Research published in Science Daily also studied symptom reduction in patients with PTSD. As a result of taking medical marijuana, participants reported a decrease in re-experiencing the trauma, less avoidance of situations that remind them of the trauma, and a decline in hyper-arousal.
The benefits of medical marijuana are amplified when used in conjunction with other therapies. Peer support groups, for example, can be an extremely beneficial addition to marijuana treatment for PTSD sufferers.
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The Green Life Health and Wellness
The Center for Health and Wellness provides medical marijuana evaluations and certifications for eligible Florida residents