Article by Brendan Bures, The Fresh Toast via Growth Op
A new study concludes that cannabis temporarily relieves symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by half, but questions the plant’s use in long-term PTSD treatment.
Led by Washington State University researchers, the study analyzed data self-reported by more than 400 PTSD patients. Using the Strainprint app, users tracked when they smoked or vaped cannabis, and how consumption was affecting their symptoms. Though other forms of cannabis were used by patients, the study did not focus on those results. Overall, there were more than 11,000 patient entries over a 31-month period.
According to the data, smoking or vaping cannabis decreased all PTSD symptoms by more than 50 per cent. More specifically, irritability was reduced by 67 per cent, anxiety by 57 per cent, the intrusion of returning thoughts of a traumatic event by about 62 per cent and and flashbacks by 51 per cent. Higher doses resulted in larger reductions in anxiety and intrusions, while the amount of marijuana that patients used to treat anxiety rose over time.