How can medical cannabis help improve PTSD symptoms?
Cannabis-based prescription medicines (CBPMs) contain over a hundred different cannabinoids and other compounds such as terpenes, which have been shown to be helpful in the treatment of PTSD. The two major cannabinoids – CBD & THC, interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help regulate several different processes including sleep, mood, appetite, and memory.
A recent study provides further evidence that cannabis may have potential benefits for individuals with PTSD. The study found that individuals who suffer from PTSD and use cannabis reported a greater reduction in symptoms than those who did not use it. Furthermore, those who used cannabis were 2.57 times more likely to recover from PTSD than those who did not use it.
Another study revealed that low doses of THC helped reduce fear, anxiety, and other threat-related experiences by decreasing activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain linked to fear responses when confronted with danger.
Additionally, a study conducted on treating PTSD showed that cannabis could help reduce the intensity of traumatic memories by essentially re-writing these memories with new memories through a process called extinction learning.