PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is caused by disturbing episodes that cause anxiety and the following symptoms: re-experiencing, avoidance, and hyper arousal (e.g., flashbacks, social isolation, insomnia). PTSD comes from changes in brain chemistry that occur at the time of the trauma that cause extremely high stress levels. Many new studies are confirming cannabis is an effective treatment for PSTD.
Martin Lee, a Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) affiliate studied PTSD and cannabinoids in depth. “Researchers found that people with PTSD had lower levels of anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid compound, compared to those who did not show signs of PTSD,” Lee wrote, “Innate to all mammals, anandamide (our inner cannabis, so to speak) triggers the same receptors that are activated by THC and other components of the marijuana plant.”