Medically Speaking: Marijuana & PTSD

Mary Jon

The column, Medically Speaking, is dedicated to providing informative articles pertaining to the medical benefits of marijuana. Every article will bring readers a wide perspective of views on whether medical marijuana is a cure & legitimate for various diseases and illnesses. Exclusive to HazeNation! – by Mary Jon

With rights for medical marijuana users being stripped nationwide, Denver’s Amendment 64 would prove positive in the fight for regulation for not only medical marijuana, but regular old pot. With that being said, it is still imperative to understand that the drug is not only recreational, but also has positive impacts on health issues like multiple sclerosis, cancer, glaucoma and more. In this edition, we focus on the effects of marijuana on cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an extremely common condition, typically correlated with soldiers wounded mentally in war-like situations. People who have suffered strong loss are commonly affected by this PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. According to the United States National Library, “PTSD can occur at any age. It can follow a natural disaster such as a flood or fire, or events such as: Assault, Domestic abuse, Prison stay, Rape, Terrorism and War.” An example given was the attacks of 9/11. People may have been affected by the loss of family and the gruesome imagery of that day. They go on to say, “The cause of PTSD is unknown. Psychological, genetic, physical, and social factors are involved. PTSD changes the body’s response to stress. It affects the stress hormones and chemicals that carry information between the nerves.”

Many soldiers that have returned home from war have come forth to share not only their Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but the benefits of smoking medical cannabis for relief. In a recent ad for Colorado’s Amendment 64, Cpl. Sean Azzariti, a Marine, says, “I came home and started having the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Marijuana helped me from the moment I started using it. It calmed me down, it slowed my heart rate down; my anxiety was almost gone immediately.” Like many other anxiety disorders, marijuana has a positive effect on these conditions. The debate is always a seesaw, but many doctors agree that the drug that is illegal federally can ease the effects of PTSD.

Marijuana is an all-natural medicine that assists many citizens with many diseases, but it can now add another thing to the list: assisting America’s heroes from the debilitating effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

For more information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the effects of medical marijuana, please consult your Physician.