Medical Marijuana for PTSD

In the U.S., about 6% of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives. In any given year, about 12 million Americans experience the condition. PTSD sufferers report debilitating symptoms such as recurrent memories of past trauma, nightmares, anxiety, negative feelings, memory issues, relationship troubles, lack of emotions, sleep disturbances, irritability, overwhelming shame, and even aggression.

The trouble with Traditional PTSD Treatments

There are several established treatments for PTSD, including:

  • Cognitive therapy
  • Exposure therapy
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Medications such as those for depression and anxiety

While these treatments offer some relief, many PTSD patients report continued symptoms even with 100% treatment compliance. For years, patients and researchers have searched for another potential solution.

A Newcomer on the Field

Medical marijuana has been proposed and proven to be effective for a variety of conditions, from chronic pain to insomnia. Many of the issues that medical marijuana has been found to help are also symptoms of PTSD. This brings new hope to PTSD sufferers who haven’t had full success with traditional treatments.

The Research

It’s not just lip service talking about medical marijuana as a PTSD treatment. Several research studies have shown promising results to back up the claims:

  • A 2019 article reviews the potential benefits and pitfalls of using medical marijuana as a treatment for PTSD and confirms that studies done on animals point to the benefits of marijuana for PTSD
  • This article by Forbes discusses two studies that support marijuana use for PTSD patients
  • In this article, a rare federal study into the use of smoked marijuana for PTSD symptoms also confirms its benefits

Medical Marijuana for PTSD in Florida

If you are experiencing PTSD symptoms and live in Florida, you may benefit from adding medical marijuana to your treatment regimen. Contact Hakunah Matata to schedule an appointment with a licensed physician authorized to prescribe medical marijuana in the state. If the physician believes medical marijuana could help your issues, we can help you get your official Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry (MMUR) card.