Medical Marijuana For PTSD Florida

Medical Marijuana

For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Florida

During and after trauma, the body works to protect itself from any further damages. Originally, the stress response (fight or flight response) developed to assist people make fast decisions during life-threatening situations.  In most cases, people bounce back from their fight or flight response and proceed with their daily activities without any problems. However, some individuals develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that might continue for months or even years after the triggering event.


Who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder?

Statistics from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America shows that PTSD has affected over eight million Americans. Even though PTSD can affect all people, it mostly affects women. National Center for PTSD reports that around 10% of women develop the condition at some point in their life. Even though 60% of men experience trauma at certain points in their life, only 4% develop the PTSD condition.


Some factors that facilitate the development of PTSD include family history of anxiety or depression. Some individuals experience more trauma or stress during their life than the others. The way your brain regulates some chemicals or your natural temperament can influence your chances of developing PTSD.


The traumatic events you experience in your life can also heighten your risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Traumas, including witnessing combat, experiencing abuse in childhood and being a sexual assault victim or any other form of violence can trigger PTSD.


Medical marijuana for PTSD

Research shows both positive and negative results of cannabis use for both depression and anxiety. Some people with PTSD feel significant lessening of the symptoms. However, the medication doctors prescribe for PTSD treatment has like opposing effects. A quick example: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors increase depression and anxiety symptoms.


After activation, cannabinoid receptors work to impair or suppress the memory and work to minimize the anxiety. In other words, the receptors exist to help the patients forget the scary and bad things in their life.



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