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Jason Smith

Cannabis Has the Potential to Treat PTSD – Although More Research Is Still Needed

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Jason Smith, (2019, September 18). Cannabis Has the Potential to Treat PTSD – Although More Research Is Still Needed. Psychreg on General. https://www.psychreg.org/cannabis-ptsd/
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People often stray away as much as possible from the topic of cannabis being a treatment for various disorders and sickness because of its sensitive nature. That may be, there are now numerous cases where professionals and specialists endorse the plant as a more effective way to treat such particular issues. And that includes posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Several researchers believe that cannabinoids, an active component of the cannabis sativa plant (cannabis), holds exceptional promise to become an effective treatment for PTSD. They think it so because of the naturally occurring compounds’ capability to reduce unwanted nightmares and to ease people’s sleeping patterns.

Despite the promise it holds, it is believed that more research is required to determine whether or not these drugs should indeed be a standard part of medical practices.  

This is to no surprise. Many people are still in massive contrast on everything cannabis-related, especially as a treatment to highly regarded disorders such as PTSD. Although many US are now welcoming the benefits of the sensitive plant with open arms, the majority of people are still not open to it. And that is why the researchers who see the tremendous promise that cannabis holds are doing their best to sway people to their side with more and more research. With each step of the study becoming more intricate than the previous to analyse the plant’s advantages and disadvantages thoroughly and to harness its full potential.

Using cannabis as treatment for PTSD

Right now, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy is still the most popular form of psychotherapy that professionals use for treating PTSD. Although this type of treatment is proven to reduce the effects of PTSD effectively, not all people can directly access such talking therapy. And thus, more and more individuals suffering from the disorder are still in desperate need of prescribed medications.

There is where the problem resides, though. The current existing drugs that are approved for PTSD treatment aren’t always practical. Some may even have more negative effects they can bring up instead of treating its effects. With that said, it is evident for medical professionals to find a more effective and reliable alternative as quickly as they can.

The rate of people depending on cannabis-based products as a treatment for PTSD is in steady increase. This is because, for some US states that have effectively legalised the use of medical marijuana, cannabis has been a proven and approved treatment of severe disorders such as PTSD.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the components found in cannabinoids that can directly affect how our brains process our memories. Think of them as a built-in endocannabinoid system for the brain, which is a system that regulates other brain functions affected by PTSD.

Alongside several positive findings in constant research about Cannabis as a way of treating PTSD, comes different forms of cannabis-infused products. They can now be commercially sold to territories that allow such products within their laws. Such products are CBD oils, CBD capsules, CBD vape oils, CBD creams, and a whole lot more. These products and capsules can be purchased in varying dose amounts today, depending on your needs and doctors’ prescription.

Conclusion

If you have PTSD, cannabis-based products may be an excellent alternative to reduce their effects. However, it is highly advised that you consult your doctor before you take such products. This is because your body might not be compatible with the effects of CBD products which can cause more harm than good.

Though already tested and found to be effective, several professionals still believe that further research is needed to truly harness the potential of cannabis as an alternative treatment for PTSD. What do we know? Maybe the next research project about the matter will reveal more advantages that may sway the people that cannabis can indeed be used in regular medical practices.


Jason Smith did his degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh.  He has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being. 


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