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Medical Marijuana for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

For individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder, medical marijuana may help them cope better in response to certain triggers. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder in which someone learns about, experiences, or witnesses a horrific event and has difficulty moving on from it. This is one of the most common conditions that affects approximately three million people in the United States alone each year. 

PTSD can affect people differently. For some who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, the symptoms are prevalent early on, but for other individuals with PTSD, their symptoms can appear months or even years later. 

These symptoms of PTSD can take on many forms, but the most common are nightmares, flashbacks, avoidance of certain things that remind you of the traumatic event, anxiety, depression, and intense reactions. 

There are treatment options available to help those experiencing PTSD cope, and these are usually in the form of therapy - whether it’s cognitive behavior therapy, exposure therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, biofeedback, and support therapies. 

Studies have shown that combining medical marijuana for PTSD with any type of therapy or medication prescribed for anxiety or depression can be helpful in managing post-traumatic stress disorder. Medical cannabis may reduce the frequency of nightmares and flashbacks and improve the quality of sleep for a person with PTSD. Marijuana has also been shown to help reduce anxiety in people prone to anxiousness. In fact, using cannabis strains that contain a high amount of CBD will help because they increase the dopamine and serotonin in the brain, creating a sense of calm and happiness while lowering stress. Using medical marijuana for PTSD can help these individuals improve their quality of life after going through, hearing about, or seeing a traumatic incident. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder is recognized by the state of Illinois to be a qualifying health condition for patients to receive a medical marijuana card. PTSD patients can use their medical marijuana card to possess medical cannabis from a licensed Illinois marijuana dispensary. 

**Always seek professional advice from a doctor before self-medicating with medical cannabis for PTSD. This information is not meant to be advice for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

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