About three-quarters of survey respondents said medical cannabis has helped them cope with their PTSD, a report released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health shows. And about seven in 10 respondents reported “clinically meaningful improvement” on a tool that measures the severity of PTSD symptoms.
Researchers surveyed 751 PTSD patients who enrolled in the program in the five months after their condition was added. Though PTSD is often linked to military service, just 19 percent of respondents came from that background.
According to healthcareinamerica.us PTSD can develop following a traumatic event such as being in combat or experiencing a life threatening moment like a natural disaster or assault. This leads to lingering memories and difficulty sleeping as well as functioning normally while at work or in school. Not only that, but an individual may experience major emotional change and perception of the world, and these symptoms can make it just about impossible to maintain a standard quality of life.
Typically, those who suffer from the various symptoms for more than several months are at risk of developing PTSD. Psychotherapy and medication are available to help PTSD patients suffering from emotional instability and possibly substance abuse, and cannabis has emerged as another way to help them cope, not to mention providing a safer alternative to prescription medication that can have serious side effects.
A study conducted by NYU Langone Medical Center researchers showed that people suffering from PTSD have much lower levels of a neurotransmitter called anandamide than others. Anandamide is one of the body’s primary endocannabinoids, meaning natural cannabinoids produced by the body. These operate in a similar way to cannabis by stimulating the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for core functions such as mood, happiness, fear, and anxiety.
What is PTSD?
PTSD was officially recognized as a legitimate mental disorder in 1980. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the psychological “manual” for all clinical professionals, PTSD diagnosis requires the following criteria:
- Stressor (Direct or Indirect): Patient exposure to death, threats, injury, violence, etc.
- Intrusion: Re-experience or recurrence of the circumstances via memories, nightmares, flashbacks, etc.
- Avoidance: Intentional avoidance of trauma-related thoughts, feelings, or external conditions.
- Negative Cognition / Mood: Exaggerated blame, isolation, negative thoughts, and difficulty recalling features of the trauma.
- Negative Arousal: Irritable, aggressive, risky, hyper-vigilant moods and behavior.
- Duration: Symptoms must last for at least one month or longer.
- Function: Symptoms cause social or work related issues.
- Exclusion: Symptoms must not be due to substance abuse, medications, or other involved illnesses.
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