Everything Medical Marijuana

Health

Cannabis Better Than Big Pharma Meds for PTSD?

Between seven and eight percent of people will develop PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) in their lifetime. Among military veterans, the rates are higher.

Care By Design recently surveyed 300 patients on their use of cannabis and other medications to treat PTSD. The survey asked what medications patients had been prescribed for their PTSD-related symptoms and what impact these medications—and cannabis—had on five telltale symptoms of PTSD: anxiety,depression, pain, anger or irritability, and sleep problems.

Among the findings of the survey:

  • Respondents reported that cannabis was the most likely to improve PTSD symptoms and the least likely to make symptoms worse.
  • Veterans reported being prescribed more pharmaceutical medications than civilians. They were also more likely to be prescribed medications that generally worsened their symptoms, including anti-psychotics, narcotic pain meds, and so-called mood stabilizers.
  • The most common medication prescribed for the treatment of PTSD among survey respondents was anti-depressants. Yet, few report these were effective. Only 18% of respondents said their depression got better on anti-depressants. Half reported that their depression got worse on anti-depressants.
  • Roughly half of respondents reported they had been prescribed narcotics for PTSD, and a majority of them reported that their anger and irritability, depression, and sleep problems got worse while they were on narcotics.
  • Half of the respondents reported using CBD-rich cannabis to treat their PTSD symptoms.
  • 80% of respondents reported that they consume less alcohol when using cannabis.

While largely anecdotal and limited in scope, this survey offers hope for PTSD sufferers. A growing body of research suggests that there is a strong connection between the endocannabinoid system and PTSD, and that cannabis therapy may help address the root causes of PTSD, including impaired fear extinction, poor memory consolidation, and chronic stress.

Source:https://www.projectcbd.org/article/survey-cannabis-better-big-pharma-meds-ptsd

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The Latest

Medical Disclaimer: The articles, advice, and information contained within Everything Medical Marijuana Magazine is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice, treatment, or diagnoses. Everything Medical Marijuana magazine does not assume, intend, or imply any liabilities, warranties, or professional recommendations on the information contained within its pages, or on its website. Do not delay treatment or advice from a healthcare professional. If you have questions or concerns about the use of medical marijuana for your condition, ailments, or symptoms, please contact your healthcare professional for guidance or assistance.

Facebook

Our Goal

Everything Medical Marijuana was formed due to the lack of medical marijuana information available on the market today. Our goal here is to provide information on the most current research, news, and products affiliated with the continuing medical marijuana movement. We emphasize on real people with real stories, transitioning from traditional medicine to medical marijuana.

Copyright © 2017 Bisi Publishing - Everything Medical Marijuana

To Top