Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who’s experienced a traumatic event, whether it’s a horrible accident, violent crime or the horrors of a combat zone. Worse still, the lingering symptoms of PTSD can make the traumatic source event feel like it happens over and over again for years. While traditional treatment options are limited, medical cannabis has been used to effectively treat PTSD symptoms since it was first designated for medical use. For more information on how cannabis can help people with PTSD, call Green Remedy Wellness, LLC, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and make an appointment or make one online with the scheduling tool.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental condition that’s rooted in experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. While anyone who goes through a terrifying experience can have a hard time coping and adjusting, PTSD describes people whose symptoms sustain for months or even years, sometimes grow worse, and are severe enough to interfere with their day-to-day lives.
Many people associate PTSD with veterans returning from combat zones, and while it is true that this can be a huge source of PTSD, it is far from the only one. Witnessing an accident, a history of abuse or any violent or terrifying experience can manifest through the symptoms of PTSD.
Symptoms of PTSD may begin soon after the traumatic event or events, or begin to occur years afterward. These symptoms are generally grouped into four types, including:
Intrusive memories: Recurrent, unwanted memories of the event, obsessing over or reliving the event through flashbacks, as well as nightmares about the event or a serious physical reaction to these memories, like panic attacks.
Avoidance: PTSD can cause you to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event, and you may find you avoid certain people, places or activities to avoid being reminded of it.
Negative changes in thinking and mood: This includes feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness about yourself and the world around you, a feeling of detachment from your friends and family, and a lack of interest in things you once enjoyed. People with PTSD are more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders as well.
Changes in your physical or emotional reactions: This can include being easily frightened or startled, trouble with concentration or self-destructive behavior. You may also feel like you are constantly in danger or have to remain on guard.
While these symptoms can be frightening and difficult to treat, there are ways to get better and many people see a reduction in these symptoms over time with treatment.
PTSD is only now becoming fully understood as a condition, so traditional medicine has limited options for treatment. Possibly the most effective traditional treatment is therapy to help address the source event and talk through the emotional repercussions of experiencing it with a trained professional.
Medications like antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs and drugs specifically designed for PTSD can be effective for some people too. However, one recent study by the Department of Veterans Affairs stated that one of the most commonly prescribed medications used in treating PTSD had a success rate almost equal to a placebo.
Cannabis has been shown to reduce anxiety and many patients report it helps reduce the re-experiencing of trauma or “flashbacks”. It’s often an effective sleep aid for people with PTSD by both relieving insomnia and reducing nightmares. Treatment with cannabis also allows you to avoid or relieve some of the main side effects of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication as well.
If you are interested in treating your PTSD, call Green Remedy Wellness, LLC, today, schedule an appointment online, or visit their office for more information.