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Using marijuana to treat PTSD is nothing new, and many PTSD patients have been using marijuana to ease their pain for years. However, due to the legal status of cannabis, there have been no clinical studies on the drug. Researchers may now have evidence of the positive effects that marijuana can have on PTSD patients. Leafscience.com gives you the scoop.

 The Evidence Behind Marijuana and PTSD

The Evidence Behind Marijuana and PTSD

By The Stoner's Cookbook

Some patients find marijuana helpful for managing symptoms of PTSD. Now, researchers think cannabis might offer more ways of combating the disorder. [Leafscience.com](http://www.leafscience.com/2014/09/05/evidence-behind-marijuana-ptsd/) gives us the details.

  • New studies

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Through the use of cannabinoids, researchers, Led by Dr. Akirav at the University of Haifa in Israel were able to prevent rats from developing Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • PTSD & rats

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    People affected by PTSD suffer symptoms that can be set off by triggers, also known as trauma reminders. Rats were used in the study as they respond to trauma in a similar manner to humans.

  • Immunity

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    People with PTSD are usually treated after symptoms appear, but Dr. Akirav's team has found that dosing rats with cannabinoids following a traumatic event can make them immune to trauma reminders.

  • Untested waters

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    However, the effects of cannabinoids on PTSD in humans has never been tested, so doctors are unwilling to consider cannabis a treatment option.

  • Old news

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Despite this, the use of cannabis in PTSD is not new. PTSD sufferers are known to have higher rates of cannabis use compared to the general population.

  • Drug Management

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Finally, a major benefit of cannabis treatment of PTSD is that it treats many of the symptoms at once, whereas other drugs treat only one symptom at a time, making cannabis a much more managable drug.

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