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How Medical Marijuana Can Help Patients With PTSD
October 5, 2020
An estimated 70% of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives and up to 20% of these people go on to develop PTSD. Can medical marijuana provide relief from the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Millions of people say yes.

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a disorder that may develop in individuals who have experienced or witnessed a shocking, frightening or dangerous event. Such events often trigger the body’s natural defenses, creating what scientists know as the “fight or flight” response. In most cases, this response is short-lived, and the individual is able to move past the triggering event. Some, however, may continue to feel ongoing stress or fear long after the event has passed. This is PTSD.

How Cannabis May Help

Unfortunately, there are currently no specialized medications available for PTSD patients, but with new discoveries emerging about the body’s endocannabinoid system, research is starting to uncover new ways of treating PTSD. According to Project CBD, their research has found that people with PTSD had lower levels of anandamide (a cannabinoid compound) compared to those who did not show signs of PTSD. This leads many researchers to believe that one pillar of PTSD is an endocannabinoid deficiency. The body may stop producing enough endocannabinoids to fill receptor sites, and this is where the cannabinoids found in marijuana play an important role. By adjusting the level of missing endocannabinoids with cannabis, the body may begin to adjust its skewed CB-1 receptors, which helps sooth impaired fear extinction, aversive memory consolidation, and chronic anxiety in PTSD patients.

Contact Flora Farms Dispensary

At Flora Farms, we’re focused on one thing: making your patient and caregiver experience as easy as possible. That’s why we’ve meticulously gathered the most trusted resources to help make everything from applying for your medical card to understanding dosage and consumption methods to overall benefits of marijuana. Flora Farms cultivation facility and dispensaries are coming to Neosho, Humansville, and Springfield MO in late 2020. We can’t wait to see you soon!