Today is a day dedicated to creating awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD and treatment options available. In Pennsylvania, PTSD is a condition that has been approved for treatment with medical marijuana. Currently, research on the brains of those with PTSD leads researchers to believe that those with PTSD have less activity in their endocannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoids found in cannabis directly interact with the endocannabinoid system and are thought to help encourage endocannabinoid activity. 

Cannabis also has a direct effect on some of the symptoms experienced by those with PTSD, and can help with many, ranging from nightmares to chronic anxiety. CBD products, which do not have psychoactive effects, may also be of interest to those with PTSD, as CBD is thought to reduce stress, lessen anxiety, & increase mood. 

PTSD and medical marijuana has gained the focus of research groups in recent years and has become the focus of more studies. In 2014, a research study conducted on medical marijuana patients in New Mexico with PTSD found that 75% reported symptom improvement. Research continues in this emerging field, as the FDA has even begun to release occasional grants to study the effects of medical marijuana on PTSD. 

Sources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24830188

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