Of the studies involving cannabis and PTSD, most focus on PTSD associated with military veterans affected by combat-related stress and anxiety, but cannabis can also be effective in treating PTSD stemming from other traumas as well. A Brown University study suggests ordinary citizens with PTSD garner less attention, care, and treatment from medical institutions in comparison to military groups suffering the same symptoms, but this might be because developing long-term problems during the progression of the condition can be more difficult to treat. Authors of the study state, "A major finding of the authors’ search for nonmilitary service providers is that there is no centralized listing of PTSD providers, treatment programs, and support programs at the state or local level and limited listings at the federal level."
Access to cannabis could be helpful for these patients suffering PTSD because it is capable in treating the four types of PTSD symptoms that classify the condition, which includes intrusion, avoidance, negative alterations in cognition and mood, and alterations in arousal and reactivity. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) released a report detailing the link between endocannabinoid deficiency and PTSD. Cannabis can fill the void of insufficient endocannabinoids within the body, which results in relief from painful memories and supports coping mechanisms. Researchers have found equal parts THC and CBD are effective in treating self-esteem issues stemming from PTSD, and smoking or vaping is reported as preferable for immediate relief from PTSD symptoms.
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