Study: Substantial Number of Military Veterans Use Cannabis to Treat PTSD, Many Find Relief

ptsdA study being published in the August issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, and e-published ahead of print by the National Institute of Health, has found that a substantial number of military veterans use cannabis to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with many finding relief from the condition’s primary symptoms.

“When inhaled or delivered orally or transdermally, cannabinoids (the psychoactive components of unrefined marijuana and various derivative products) activate endogenous cannabinoid receptors, modulating neurotransmitter release and producing a wide range of central nervous system effects, including increased pleasure and alteration of memory processes”, states the study’s abstract. “Those effects provide a pharmacologic rationale for the use of cannabinoids to manage the three core PTSD symptom clusters: reexperiencing, avoidance and numbing, and hyperarousal.”

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