The discussion of cannabis for those suffering with PTSD is not a new one, as it has been discussed for years with regards to soldiers dealing with the psychological effects of combat. In recent years another group has been getting more attention in this area, as those dealing with PTSD related to sexual assault increasingly turn to cannabis as well.
It is believed that 33% of women and 15% of men will experience sexual violence at some point in their lifetime, with a significant number of victims reporting long term effects such as PTSD. Research has shown that women experience PTSD at almost double the rate of men, and now more than ever victims are speaking out to share their experiences and how they have used cannabis to cope with symptoms of PTSD such as anxiety and panic attacks.
While the number of known positive effects from cannabis continue to increase, it is important that other means of traditional therapy happen in conjunction. Talking about PTSD is very difficult, but using cannabis simply as a way to self-medicate can be problematic. Always consult your doctor before trying something new.
Research continues into the connection between cannabis and PTSD and the belief that trauma alters the communication pathway between the brain and adrenal glands which produce excessive amounts of the stress hormone cortisol. This can lead to anything from increased blood pressure, to issues with sleep, digestion and focus. This is where cannabis has been shown to help create a better balance for the body, minimizing the various symptoms sufferers experience.