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Apr23

PTSD, Insomnia, and Medical Marijuana

In the State of Pennsylvania and the State of Maryland, medical cannabis is approved for those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). An estimated 13 million Americans currently have PTSD, which stems from experiencing one or more traumatic events. Many of those suffering from PTSD also experience insomnia. However, patients often do not want to turn to sleep-aids, which can become addictive. This is where medical marijuana can often help.

How Can Medical Marijuana Help?

Unlike some medical conditions, PTSD is difficult to treat, as every person is different, and every trauma is unique. A main side effect of PTSD is insomnia, which, aside from causing you to be tired all the time, increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. One group that is disproportionately affected by PTSD and insomnia are veterans, who are choosing medical marijuana to avoid harmful side effects of opioids.

Early research shows that medical marijuana may help people fall asleep easier, as well as longer and deeper. Deeper sleep does play an important role in your body’s restoration process, and for those recovering from trauma, the restoration process is crucial.

Scientific research shows that medical marijuana can help improve essential functions, including memory function. When the CB1 and CB2 receptors are activated, cannabinoids are able to prompt the production of neurotransmitters that help promote happiness and pleasure. Cannabinoids can potentially prevent traumatic memories and nightmares, while also helping with the patients’ emotional wellness. When patients experience less traumatic memories and nightmares, this also helps with insomnia.

Please keep in mind that in addition to medicinal treatment, those with PTSD may need to seek help from a mental health professional.

Visit Herbology Today!

Herbology has locations in both Pennsylvania and Maryland, with store openings planned for Ohio, Arkansas, North Dakota, Michigan, Connecticut, and Oklahoma. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with PTSD and are looking to learn more about medical marijuana, please contact us today! We are always happy to help patients seek the relief they deserve.

Courtesy of: Leafly & Healthcare in America

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