How Medical Marijuana Helps Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Unfortunately, 70% of adults in the United States experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder according to PTSD United. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that is typically caused by experiences a violent, disturbing, or life threatening event. This may come from those who experienced military combat, sexual assault, a natural disaster, or other traumatic event. It can manifest in a variety of ways, with symptoms usually falling into three categories:

  1. Re-experiencing. It is common for those suffering from PTSD to relive the trauma, such as having realistic flashbacks or vivid nightmares.
  2. Avoidance. Patients tend to avoiding triggers, or emotionally and physically avoid things that are associated with the traumatic event.
  3. Heightened arousal. This may include problems with sleeping and focusing. One may be more susceptible to mood swings.

How effective is conventional PTSD treatment?

Pharmaceutical treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder often involves the use of serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which work by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain. This plays a role in mood regulation. However, a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has determined that this method is not more effective than the placebo.

Can medical marijuana help treat PTSD?

Due to this, many are turning to medical marijuana as an alternative to treating PTSD. Although extensive research on using medical cannabis for PTSD is still needed, there have been a number of suggestions as to why this alternative option is successful. Cannabis is known for treating chronic anxiety, one of the most common effects of PTSD, by cannabinoids which reduces stress, fights against anxiety, and enhances mood. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs researched the effectiveness of medical marijuana in reducing symptoms of PTSD, finding that patients experienced a 75-percent decrease in their symptoms upon using medical cannabis.

If you are a Maryland resident and are suffering from PTSD, consider registering for your Maryland medical card today. Alternative treatment options are available and have proven to show success in patients.



Mary and Main is a fully licensed and certified medical marijuana dispensary located in Capitol Heights, Maryland. Founded by doctors and experienced caregivers, Mary and Main provides safe, premium quality medical cannabis products with exemplary and compassionate service to all certified patients who are suffering from a number of chronic debilitating illnesses.

Consult with our staff professionals to determine the best opiate-free, addiction-free treatment plan for your needs.

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