Sexual assault and PTSD: Marijuana may help

Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Airman 1st Class Corey Hook - http://bit.ly/2qwa6yc

Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Airman 1st Class Corey Hook - http://bit.ly/2qwa6yc

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common anxiety disorder that develops as a response to a trauma, whether that be a trauma from combat, sexual assault, or another traumatic event in one's life. General symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia, hyper-arousal, fearfulness, anxiety, and anger. When it comes to PTSD for women, the most common cause according to the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is sexual assault, with 94% or assault survivors suffering symptoms within two weeks of the event. 

Symptoms of PTSD often occur in response to a stimulus or trigger that cause the sufferer to recall his or her traumatic event. Some patients suggest inhaling cannabis vapors in anticipation of encountering a trigger, as this may desensitize the sufferer to the trigger over time. Additionally, marijuana has been known to help induce sleep and enhance quality of sleep. This makes it a potential treatment option for PTSD sufferers who have trouble sleeping or encounter nightmares.

This information has been provided by Health MJ and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.