Medical Cannabis Can Help With PTSD

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Medical Cannabis Can Help With PTSD

While many Americans express yearlong gratitude to our current and past service members, our nation collectively pauses each November 11th for Veteran’s Day to celebrate these brave men and women and the selfless service they provide. The life they have chosen is a tough one… with consequences that, in many cases, impact their very souls. These service members deserve all of the care that we, as a society, can offer. 

Many service members and veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a common psychiatric disorder resulting from a traumatic event. PTSD is manifested through hyperarousal, anxiety, depressive symptoms, and sleep disturbances. 

Help With Opioid Abuse

States where medical cannabis is legal show a reduction in opioid use, abuse, and overdose, providing evidence for cannabis to be a harm reduction tool. 

The American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) supports the use of cannabis for PTSD and calls on the “nation’s governing bodies to acknowledge the importance of passage of legislation that qualifies PTSD for medical cannabis in all states.”

Cannabis and PTSD

As Gage Amsler wrote in Strains of War, his personal account of war and PTSD, “PTSD threatened to take my sanity, my marriage, and my life more than once. Cannabis was the only thing keeping me alive.” What a powerful statement, and one that is unfortunately, echoed by many of our war veterans.

Research confirms anecdotal evidence.This article titled “Use and effects of cannabinoids in military veterans with post traumatic stress disorder” in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy finds a direct correlation between veterans with more severe PTSD symptoms and increased motivation to use cannabis for coping purposes, especially among patients with difficulties in emotional regulation or stress tolerance. 

And, according to clinical data published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, “Administration of oral CBD in addition to routine psychiatric care was associated with PTSD symptom reduction in adults with PTSD.” 

Another research study suggests that cannabis may have a potential therapeutic use for improving PTSD symptoms, e.g., reducing anxiety, modulating memory-related processes, and improving sleep. 

Help For Veterans Who Need Medical Cannabis

Veterans who need help and support to access medical cannabis can look to organizations such the Veterans Cannabis Project, which contends that their “message is a simple one: medical cannabis saves lives, and veterans deserve full, legal access.” 

It is baffling that it is still against federal law for service members to access medical cannabis, despite recommendation by the Veterans Administration and the overwhelming number of testimonials from our veterans on the positive benefits of cannabis for PTSD. 

In many states, PTSD is a qualifying condition to obtain a medical cannabis card. There are many theories to explain this prohibition, and one day the laws will have to change through sheer force of the will of the people. But for now, let’s focus on positive treatment options. 

As a certified cannabis nurse and founder of Medical Cannabis Nurse Consultants, I am committed to helping veterans find the best combination of cannabis medicine to treat their complex symptoms associated with PTSD. 

Most People Need Dosing Guidance

It’s more complicated than just going to the dispensary and picking out a Sativa or Indica. It takes some guidance to get the right combination of cannabinoids (including correct percentages of THC and CBD, as well as terpenes) to support the therapeutic effects you need. 

Our professional and compassionate nurse guidance helps sufferers reach their therapeutic goals faster, saving time and money wasted from experimenting and maybe never reaching the full benefits of the medicine. 

We are happy to offer our veterans a free full consultation ($95 value) in honor of Veteran’s Day. You must purchase your consult on 11/11 but can use it anytime up to 6/31/21. 

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