Now that marijuana is becoming much more mainstream these days, we’re learning so much more about what it can be used for, particularly in the treatment of different disorders. One such condition that seems to improve with medical cannabis is PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Those who suffer from it report that smoking allows them to calm down and manage their feelings, rather than let it affect them. But why does it work? Let’s get into the science.
The Endocannabinoid System
New research is coming out that shows that our bodies have an incredible natural system in place to deal with all kinds of issues, from hunger to pain relief. This is all part of our endocannabinoid system (ECS), in which we produce chemicals similar to what you can find in marijuana.
With regards to PTSD, it seems that patients with the disorder are missing a particular cannabinoid called anandamide, which helps regulate our memory, more specifically our ability to forget past trauma.
According to research, it seems that this deficiency is what causes many of the symptoms of the disorder, including social isolation, anxiety, and insomnia. Marijuana, however, works to replenish the missing cannabinoid, thereby enabling patients to get over their flashbacks, rather than retreat from them.
Preliminary treatments appear to have a much more profound effect than most prescription drugs that patients currently take. Usually, PTSD sufferers will take pills that make them relax too much, to the point where they are withdrawn or fall asleep. Marijuana, on the other hand, doesn’t drain them as much.
If you live in Southern California and you want to see how weed can help with your anxiety, then check out our online store. We offer cannabis delivery in Westwood and other locations in the Southland, making it more convenient and accessible to patients. Always consult your doctor before trying any new treatment, though.
If you have PTSD, hopefully marijuana can help alleviate the symptoms and enable you to move past the disorder to have a healthy, fulfilling life.