Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Going through an extremely scary or stressful event can be life-altering. If you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the event sticks with you for months or even years after the event occurs. It’s classified as a mental health condition that triggers flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. You may either be directly involved in the event, a witness to the event or even simply just learned about it. At any given time, approximately 5 percent of Americans, or around 13 million people, suffer from PTSD.

Triggers

There isn’t one clear cause of PTSD. You may develop it because of stressful situations, mental health risks that you inherit, your natural temperament, as well as the way your brain regulates chemicals and hormones in your body. Examples of traumatic events include combat exposure, physical abuse during childhood, sexual violence, physical assault, being threatened with a weapon or a traumatic accident.

Symptoms

If you’re going to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, symptoms can start within a month of the event, but they may appear years after the event occurred. The symptoms are so bad that they may interfere with your everyday life. There are four main types of symptoms: avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, changes in physical and emotional reactions, and intrusive memories. PTSD can stem into all aspects of your life, putting your job, your relationships, your health and your overall happiness at risk. It can trigger depression, anxiety, eating disorders, drug abuse, alcohol abuse or even suicidal thoughts and actions.

Can Medical Marijuana Help PTSD Symptoms?

Currently, doctors turn to psychotherapy and medication to help treat PTSD. But medical marijuana is also shown to be effective in treating the effects of PTSD such as an overwhelming amount of anxiety and disturbing nightmares. In a New Mexico study, medical marijuana helped patients reduce PTSD symptoms by more than 75 percent.

Another study showed that 72 percent of the 42 patients who used an endocannabinoid receptor agonist to treat their nightmares experienced either fewer nightmares or stopped having them altogether. Patients also said symptoms like flashbacks and hypervigilance improved.

Herbology Can Help

Suffering from PTSD is no way to go through life. While there’s no single cure, there are ways to ease the effects, one of them being medical marijuana. Visit Herbology Dispensary to talk with a professional Patient Counselor about how medical marijuana can help you.

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