PTSD

Veterans Using Cannabis Medicinally More Likely to have PTSD than Recreational Users

Title: Medicinal versus Recreational Cannabis Use among Returning Veterans

In Summary:

A recent study found significant mental and physical health differences between veterans who use cannabis that they label as “medicinal” use versus those who prefer to label their use as “recreational.” Veterans who feel that they are self-medicating with cannabis, in what they believe fits more closely with a “medical” label are five times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), nearly four times more likely to suffer from Major Depressive Disorder, and are more likely to experience Insomnia, or trouble sleeping. Furthermore, a majority of veterans medicating with cannabis suffer from conditions that qualify them to receive a medical marijuana registration card. Even so, they tend to refrain from discussing their interest in access with their doctors, out of fear of losing their valuable VA benefits.

Dr. Caplan and the #MDTake:

Over the years, countless veterans have valiantly and courageously dedicated themselves to missions of support for their fellow men, women, and country. In preparation, training, service, battle, leadership, education, and so many other ways, veterans have given back to their culture in a way few others can. The understanding that they may be shunned by their culture for seeking help, related to the suffering they may have experienced while serving their country, is unconscionable. It is shameful that the government and military have not appreciated and supported the easy opportunity to give back to our veterans, and it is long overdue that the culture gives back to those who have given a piece of themselves so that others may share the liberties they have served to uphold.

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Video: Do-It-Yourself Cannabis Tinctures

One of the terrific realities of modern Cannabis is that it is possible, and often quite simple, to make effective products at home. With suitable education and access to testing facilities, the soil, nutrients, and plant growth can be supported at home, lab-tested for make-up and potency, as well as safety-checked for potential microscopic contaminants, and ultimately, individualized medicine can be created right at home!

Here is a sample instructional for just one way that cannabis tincture can be made at home. There are countless others and hopefully, many that are yet to be discovered!

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Video: Cannabinoid Intervention for PTSD: Where to Next?

The endocannabinoid system has long been recognized as a promising target for PTSD treatment.

Here, a 2018 literature review summarizes the risks and benefits of cannabis as a treatment option. Watch our video adaptation, and review the source literature, below:


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John Boehner, the former speaker of the House, has spent his career opposing legalized marijuana. But now he sits on the board of Acreage Holdings, a marijuana investment firm whose profits hinge on Mr. Boehner’s ability to persuade Congress to legalize marijuana. The politician says that his views have “evolved,” and that he hopes cannabis will help veterans who suffer from PTSD as well as people who struggle with insomnia. #veterans #PTSD #insomnia
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Preliminary findings from a study conducted on PTSD patients open a new door for cannabidiol (CBD) as a potential supplementary treatment option. CBD indirectly activates receptors linked to behavioral responses to aversive memories, a major component of the suffering involved in PTSD. The majority of participants in this review reported a decrease in the prevalence and severity of PTSD symptoms, both in the short-, and long-term. It should be taken into consideration that this study was performed with a small sample size that lacked a placebo or control group; however, this tells a familiar story to what we see in clinic. Further research will likely support cannabinoids as a legitimate treatment option for PTSD. Under the guidance of a knowledgeable Cannabis Medicine provider, PTSD patients may also consider supplementing their current treatment plan with CBD

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