Medical marijuana dispensaries are on the cutting edge when it comes to treating a wide range of issues. While MMJ in Arizona began with the treatment of chronic pain conditions like cancer and AIDS, it is now used in many situations.
One of the most exciting developments in Arizona medical marijuana treatment is its use in helping people with PTSD – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
PTSD Affects Millions of Americans Each and Every Year
About 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. It affects more than 10 percent of women and 5 percent of men. Over five million U.S. adults have the condition in any given year, including many in Arizona.
PTSD is a complex of mental health symptoms that arise as the result of experiencing a life-threatening situation. Many people associate PTSD with war and believe only combat personnel can suffer from the condition, but this is untrue.
Anyone who has been in a traumatic and dangerous situation may develop PTSD. This includes, for example, abuse survivors and those who experience devastating natural disasters. First-responders like police, firefighters and EMTs are also at risk.
Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Persistent thoughts about the dangerous situation and fears that it might happen again;
- Ongoing feelings of anxiety, potentially including an overactive “startle” reaction;
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, often accompanied by nightmares;
- Problems concentrating and remembering things;
- Angry outbursts, which may appear to others to be sudden and violent.
The Role of Medical Marijuana in Treatment
Medical marijuana helps PTSD sufferers by relieving them of some of the underlying anxiety caused by their condition. For example, MMJ patients may find smoking cannabis helps them to control the startle reflex that can make everyday activities in public places difficult.
Cannabis usually isn’t prescribed as the sole treatment for PTSD. Many sufferers find they can gradually reduce symptoms by participating in one-on-one and group therapy that allows them to process the traumatic event more completely.
While smoking MMJ is probably the most common form of treatment, some PTSD patients benefit from using edibles or THC concentrates. MMJ is usually prescribed for several years as part of a long-term course of ongoing treatment.
Medical marijuana helps PTSD patients recover by controlling some of the most disruptive symptoms. It is often preferable to opioid treatment, which can be habit-forming.
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