Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental health condition commonly diagnosed in military veterans, survivors of sexual abuse, survivors of natural disasters, and survivors of car accidents or other traumatic, violent events.
Regardless of what event or experience led the person to develop symptoms, PTSD can have absolutely devastating effects on the sufferer, causing terrifying flashbacks and nightmares, increasing stress and tension, and leading to loss of interest in activities the person used to enjoy. These effects dramatically reduce the patient’s quality of life, making it difficult or impossible to feel relaxed, get restful sleep, let go of self-blame, and find emotional peace.
If you or one of your loved ones is suffering from PTSD, and treatments like therapy and prescription medication haven’t been able to help in a significant way, consider speaking to your doctor about treating your PTSD with medical marijuana (Cannabis).
By acting on the part of your brain that regulates mood and memory, Cannabis can provide safe, gentle relief from PTSD symptoms, usually with minimal side effects that are easy to tolerate. Medical marijuana may be an effective PTSD treatment option if you are an adult resident of Florida.
To talk about Cannabis for PTSD relief in a confidential consultation, contact Palm Beach Pain Institute at 1-561-499-7020 today.
Does Florida Approve Medical Marijuana for Veterans with PTSD?
Florida legislated the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in 2014 with the passage of the Compassionate Use Act. On November 8, 2016, voters overwhelmingly passed a ballot initiative to guarantee the right to use cannabis by individuals suffering from debilitating illnesses. Amendment 2 is now law in Florida and is found in Section 29, Article X of the Florida state constitution.
Florida Qualifying Conditions
- Positive status for HIV
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- A Terminal Condition
- Chronic Pain*
- Medical conditions of the same kind/class as or comparable to those enumerated
*Chronic pain may only be a qualifying condition if the patient is suffering from another qualifying condition.
Our role at Palm Beach Pain Institute is to evaluate patients’ medical needs and provide ongoing medical supervision. If you are an adult resident of Florida, and we determine that medical marijuana is an appropriate approach to management of your qualifying condition, we can create and oversee a Cannabis therapy plan designed to alleviate your anxiety, insomnia and other symptoms associated with PTSD.
If you have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Palm Beach Pain Institute can assess your medical records to determine whether treatment with Cannabis would be appropriate. Our medical practice emphasizes patient safety, so we require all patients to return for follow-up visits at appropriate intervals as determined by Dr. Merson.
This enables us to provide you with an ongoing, adjustable care plan that is tailored to meet your medical needs while ensuring that you have the education and supervision you need to use your medicine safely and efficiently.
What Does Marijuana Do for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)?
Cannabis can effectively relieve anxiety while promoting restful sleep, increased relaxation, and a healthy appetite. All of these effects can benefit PTSD patients physically and emotionally, helping them to cope with their symptoms while improving their overall quality of life.
The ability of marijuana to relieve PTSD symptoms has been documented in medical research. Two studies are excerpted below as examples:
- 2014, from the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs: “Greater than 75% reduction in [PTSD] symptom scores were reported when patients were using Cannabis compared to when they were not.”
- 2015, from the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy: “While further research into cannabinoid treatment effects on PTSD symptoms is required, the evaluated evidence indicates that substantial numbers of military veterans with PTSD use Cannabis or derivative products to control PTSD symptoms, with some patients reporting benefits in terms of reduced anxiety and insomnia and improved coping ability.”
To expound upon a point that was briefly mentioned earlier, marijuana works to alter mood and alleviate stress because of its active ingredients, which are called “cannabinoids.” There are approximately 85 known cannabinoids in Cannabis, one of which you probably already know about: THC, which stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol.
THC and the dozens of other cannabinoids in marijuana work together – a synergy called the “entourage effect” – to collectively activate the CB1 and CB2 receptors that comprise your body’s natural endocannabinoid system. In medicine, “endo-” simply means “within” or “inside.” Your body produces its own endocannabinoids, such as Anandamide, which work constantly to regulate mood, memory, appetite, pain perception, and other functions. When cannabinoids interact with your endocannabinoid system, these functions are temporarily altered. For many patients, this equates to improved mood, increased appetite, and a greater ability to sleep restfully.
Delray Beach, Florida Medical Marijuana Doctor for PTSD Treatment Plans in Florida
While Cannabis is generally safe for use by adults, it is important to be monitored by an experienced medical Cannabis doctor in order to find the optimal method, frequency, and size of your dose. This is particularly true if you have never used Cannabis, and do not know what to expect or how to administer your medication.
Our role at Palm Beach Pain Institute is to evaluate patients’ medical needs and provide ongoing medical supervision. If you are an adult resident of Florida, and we determine that medical marijuana is an appropriate approach to management of your qualifying condition, we can create and oversee a Cannabis therapy plan designed to alleviate your arthritis discomfort.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with PTSD, medical marijuana may be a beneficial treatment option. To learn more, contact Palm Beach Pain Institute at 1-561-499-7020. Our offices are conveniently located in Delray Beach adjacent to Delray Medical Center, near Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, Florida.