In the near future, people should finally learn the truth about the efficacy of cannabis as a PTSD treatment. Currently, there are at least two official clinical trials on PTSD and marijuana. The first study was initiated by a group of researchers at the University of British Columbia. The researchers plan to recruit 42 men and women suffering from chronic PTSD. The major goal of the study is to explore the way marijuana affects sleeping patterns in patients with PTSD.
The second clinical trial was started this month by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). The scientists will explore the potential therapeutic properties of marijuana in veterans with chronic, treatment-resistant form of PTSD.
And while we wait for the results of these two promising studies, MJWellness will tell you the three most important facts we already know about PTSD and marijuana.
According to a study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, cannabis may be helpful in managing bad memories. The researchers discovered that CBD intervenes in the process of memory response development. In particular, the rats that were given synthetic CBD shortly after they were exposed to a traumatic event (foot shock—a mild electrical shock administered to the feet of laboratory animals) did not develop a usual fear memory response to the environment that reminds them of the previous trauma. Furthermore, the scientists discovered that CBD may also reduce the intensity of fear response even when the initial memory was formed a long time ago.
It may be a turning point for people who cannot deal with traumatic memories and the reactions triggered by them. But of course, more research and clinical trials is needed.
Most people with PTSD are usually suffering from nightmares and trouble sleeping. Thankfully, weed may help you deal with both. According to a study conducted in 2014, THC, one of the main chemical compounds in marijuana, may improve the effectiveness of a standard PTSD treatment.
During the trial, ten patients with chronic PTSD received THC in addition to their usual medications. The results of the experiment were impressive: most patients reported sleeping better and having less nightmares.
Another study published in 2015 shows that most patients with PTSD experience a significant reduction in the severity of their symptoms after beginning the marijuana therapy. The study includes a comprehensive analysis of the data collected from 80 psychiatric evaluations of PTSD patients enrolled in New Mexico medical cannabis program.
Medical weed patients reported having over 75% reduction in PTSD symptoms, including such common problems like nightmares, insomnia, and hyperarousal. But the researchers insist that in order to prove the efficacy of cannabis in PTSD treatment, more research is needed.