PTSD and Medical Marijuana

Evidence continues to mount in support of cannabis as a treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD can result from any traumatic event in a person's life, and can consist of a variety of psychological symptoms. Currently, most states only allow for pharmaceutical treatments for PTSD, but prescriptions are considered inadequate, and patients and doctors alike say cannabis is a better therapy for treating PTSD. Doctors point to something called "memory extinction" as the source of relief for PTSD sufferers. "Dr. Raphael Mechoulamis, the Israeli neuroscientist who discovered THC in 1964 and, later, the endocannabinoid system, has discovered that the cannabinoid system is integrally related to memory - and specifically something called 'memory extinction.' Memory extinction is the normal process of removing conditional associations from events or stimuli." Studies exist on the relationship between PTSD and cannabis in animals, but much more research is needed to examine the effect of cannabis on humans with PTSD. For a more in depth look at medical marijuana for PTSD, check out this article by Whaxy: