Cannabis improves symptoms of PTSD

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Posted by Perry on October 09, 2011 at 14:02:48

In Reply to: Re: Ecstasy contra PTSD ?????? posted by long time exer on October 02, 2011 at 18:02:53:

"... but as with many beneficial drugs for treating medical problems, there is potential for abuse."

I understand why you put that disclaimer, but the same can be said for many non-medicinal products we consume or use. Regarding cannabis, for those with chronic conditions like PTSD, fibromyalgia or other pain disorders, cancer, MS, and many other illnesses, the benefits far outweigh the risks.

The abstract below is just one of many studies and trials that find similar results.


Cannabis improves symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in an observational study

According to an observational study by scientists of MaReNa Diagnostic and Consulting Center in Bat-Yam, Israel, presented at the Cannabinoid Conference 2011 in Bonn, Germany, the use of cannabis may improve symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. As a part of their routine consulting work, they assessed the mental condition of 79 adult PTSD patients, who applied to the Ministry of Health in order to obtain a license for the medical use of cannabis. Only part of them (about 50 per cent) got cannabis licenses and constitutes the study group. They were followed for a period of about two years.

The majority of PTSD patients also used conventional medications, prescribed by their treating physicians. The cannabis daily dosage
was about 2-3 grams per day. In most cases a significant improvement in quality of life and pain, with some positive changes in severity
of posttraumatic stress disorder was observed. The patients reported a discontinuation or lowering of the dosage of pain killers and sedatives. The majority of improved PTSD patients belonged to groups with either additional pain and/or depression. Researchers concluded that "results show good tolerability and other benefits (...)
particularly, in the patients with either pain and/or depression comorbidity."

(Source: Reznik I. Medical cannabis use in post-traumatic stress disorder: a naturalistic observational study. Abstract presented at
the Cannabinoid Conference 2011, 8-10 September, Bonn, Germany.)

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