Medicinal Marijuana and PTSD
Lorri S. Gray
Western Governors University
In this paper I intend to show you that the best treatment for PTSD is in fact medicinal marijuana, also known as cannabis. I will show past and present studies and research analysis that shows that properly used, cannabis can successfully treat PTSD . PTSD sufferers are among the highest users of cannabis. Research shows that not only can cannabis help the PTSD patient, with nightmares and mood swings, it can also smooth over traumatic memories in which the patient can become more stable. The next step is for congress to legalize its use for medicinal purposes beyond just letting the state decide. Even if the state allows its use medicinally, the government can still prosecute patients for its use. This just shows that regardless of state laws, medicinal marijuana is still illegal.
Medicinal Marijuana and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) In order for medicinal marijuana to be used in the treatment of PTSD, there must first be a willingness to accept the scientific research. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder brought on by a single horrific experience or traumatic experience. Most commonly diagnosed, are soldiers who have been to war, and women who suffered child sexual abuse. Although anyone who has been through a traumatic experience can develop PTSD. PTSD is a complex disorder and it is very difficult to treat as told by Leveque, 2007. Dr. Leveque has worked with numerous veterans of war that suffer from PTSD.
As explained defined by Dr. Mikuryia, 2006, in an article on his website titled Cannabis eases post traumatic stress, “PTSD—a chronic condition involving horrific memories that cannot be erased—is a dissociative identity disorder. The victims’ psyche is fragmented in response to contradictory inputs that cannot be resolved. Dissociative identity disorders are expressed in bizarre or inappropriate behaviors with intense sadness, fear, and anger. Repression or “forgetting” of the experiences may develop as a coping mechanism.”
PTSD symptoms range from flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia, depression and emotional detachment. PTSD sufferers can be startled easily and may have violent rages. “People who suffer from PTSD usually relieve the traumatic experience in the form of nightmares and disturbing recollections.” (Bearman, 2006).
Those who suffer with PTSD are difficult to treat. Unlike depression where one may face their fears and retrace the events that led up to their depression, people with PTSD have a difficult time rehashing the trama trauma. PTSD patients may even become agitated and aggressive when asked about their trauma. Those with PTSD tend to repress and regress as a coping mechanisim mechanism. A PTSD sufferer tries to act normal and may appear normal, however when they are triggered by something that agitates their regression, they may become hostile and engulfed in rage. The stress of constantly trying to appear and be normal and hide their “true self” is another stressor in its self.
Currently the most common treatments for PTSD are those which treat depression. and some that treat schizophrenia. Paroxetine, Sertraline, Pluoxetine, Citalopram, Fluvoxamine May produce insomnia, restlessness, nausea, decreased appetite, daytime sedation, nervousness, and anxiety, sexual dysfunction, decreased libido. The other commonly used drugs are Trazadone is usually to sedating, may produce rare priapism. Velafaxine cause or can make hypertension worse. Buproprion can cause seizure disorders in some people. Mirtrazepine may cause sedation or make the patient feel too sedated or hung over. The main course of drugs to treat PTSD, have severe side effects stemming from insomnia, agitation and worsening of the condition as shown above. The side effects may also include the worse possible side effect which is death. This has no positive effect on treating PTSD. Most PTSD patients try the...
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