In a given year, around 3.6% of Americans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can severely impact their quality of life. At Coastal Wellness Centers in Ormond Beach and DeLand, Florida, Joseph Rosado, MD, Kathryne Gunn, DO, and Alyn L. Benezette, DO, offer recommendations for medical cannabis to manage PTSD symptoms and support your recovery. Call Coastal Wellness Centers or schedule a consultation online today.
PTSD is a mental health condition caused by a traumatic experience. While many people experience trauma, everyone responds differently. Some people might have temporary feelings of anxiety or depression that lessen with time, while others might develop PTSD. The condition usually emerges within three months of a horrific experience like a personal assault, an active shooter situation, or military combat.
PTSD causes a variety of disruptive symptoms, including intrusive memories like flashbacks and nightmares. You might also start to avoid people and places that remind you of your trauma and trigger your flashbacks.
PTSD also causes negative thoughts about yourself and others. For example, you might feel guilty, or that other people can’t be trusted. It’s also common to become increasingly irritable, have angry outbursts, or engage in reckless behavior.
Many physicians combine antidepressant or anti-anxiety medicine with therapeutic approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to treat PTSD. The medication reduces your symptoms and provides mental clarity for you to focus on resolving your memories, thoughts, and emotions in therapy.
Studies show that people with PTSD have an endocannabinoid deficiency. Medical cannabis provides your endocannabinoid system with sufficient stimulation to reduce your PTSD symptoms. Medical cannabis stimulates a different part of your brain than conventional antidepressants and provides an alternative approach to mental health treatment.
If you have PTSD that’s interfering with your quality of life, the team at Coastal Wellness Centers provides recommendations for medical cannabis. They can help you register on the Florida Department of Health’s Compassionate Use database so you can get a valid medical marijuana card.
You need to have two appointments with the team. During your first appointment, they assess your condition and determine if medical cannabis will help you. Then, after you’re fully registered, you have a second appointment to discuss the correct dose and how to use medical cannabis.
When you receive your confirmation email, you can go to a licensed dispensary and purchase your medication. The state allows medical cannabis in oils, vape cartridges, tinctures, topical creams and ointments, oral syringes, capsules, flower (for smoking), and concentrate.
Call Coastal Wellness Centers or make an appointment online today to find out if medical cannabis is a treatment option for your PTSD.