If you’re living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD), or another anxiety condition, it can be difficult to find holistic, mind-body treatment solutions in mainstream medicine.
Whether you’ve already tried traditional pharmaceuticals or you have past experiences with mental health counseling, you might be frustrated by a hidden truth about the medical industrial complex: that most providers want to treat the symptoms of your pain instead of repairing the root cause.
At TeleLeaf, we propose a different way: finding the answers within yourself with help from medical cannabis. In this guide, we’re breaking down the rewards (and limited risks) of using cannabis for PTSD recovery to help you create a personalized healing plan.
PTSD, CPTSD, and other trauma-informed mental health challenges are highly nuanced—and often hard to understand for people who haven’t experienced a traumatic event.
PTSD can manifest in a variety of ways, including:
Even if you don’t experience all of these manifestations (or any of them), you have something in common with everyone else who has PTSD: you’ve experienced something harrowing or frightening in the past that has had a lasting impact on your present.
At TeleLeaf, we can sympathize—members of our team (including our founder) are living with PTSD, too. And we understand how difficult it can be to search tirelessly for a solution in the conventional medical system (and how often the system falls short for people who need recovery).
One of the reasons why medical cannabis is such a good match for PTSD treatment is that for every nuanced case of PTSD, there’s an individualized solution with cannabis. With so many different products and formulas on today’s market and expanding access to marijuana care, the options for real recovery are only growing.
Using marijuana for PTSD isn’t just safe and effective—it’s also unlike any other medical treatment available in today’s healthcare landscape.
So, what does the healing process look like for people who use medical cannabis for PTSD? Let’s break down how marijuana can serve as a management tool, a long-term recovery aid, and a complementary treatment option.
In conventional medicine, two of the most common management tools prescribed for PTSD patients are:
While therapy and prescription drugs are sometimes effective for people living with PTSD (with the former often eclipsing the latter), they both ultimately focus on the symptoms of the disorder rather than the root causes. Coping with everyday realities is critical, but it doesn’t help patients unpack their trauma and recover.
Marijuana can also help patients cope with everyday realities. This could look like:
These are all incredibly valid use cases that fill the same niche as prescription drugs and counseling: helping patients manage everyday life.
But cannabis can also help patients unlock long-term recovery as they unpack their past traumas.
Let’s dive into that last sentence in a little more detail. What could it look like to find real recovery from PTSD with marijuana?
If you choose to smoke a joint at the onset of an anxiety attack to calm your thoughts, the process could look something like this:
Ultimately, while pharmaceuticals and counseling primarily help patients cope with everyday realities, cannabis can do the same and pave the way for long-term healing.
In addition to everyday management and recovery applications, medical marijuana can also serve as a complementary treatment for people living with PTSD. In other words, you can add a course of medical marijuana to treatments such as:
We’ve touched on the many rewards of using cannabis for PTSD, but let’s explore the risks—or, rather, the lack of risks compared to traditional treatments:
Medical cannabis is an exceptional option for people living with PTSD, whether they’re looking for:
At TeleLeaf, we’ve seen firsthand how powerful medical cannabis can be for today’s PTSD patients. We’ve also experienced the revolutionary results of medical marijuana ourselves, and we know that real recovery is possible.
We want the same positive outcome for you.
If you’re ready to incorporate medical marijuana into your recovery journey, or if you’d like to
learn more about cannabis, reach out to our team to get started.
American Psychiatric Association. What Is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?.