Project Description

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event either experiencing it or witnessing it.

Cannabis Benefits

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. By replenishing these missing endocannabinoids with those found in cannabis, researchers think marijuana pharmaceuticals might bring PTSD patients relief from their memories.

“Scientists have determined that normal CB-1 receptor signaling deactivates traumatic memories and endows it with the gift of forgetting,” Lee said, “But skewed CB-1 signaling, due to endocannabinoid deficits (low serum levels of anandamide), results in impaired fear extinction, aversive memory consolidation, and chronic anxiety, the hallmarks of PTSD.”

Best Strains

  • Indica dominant to avoid paranoia

What Women Say

PTSD is like a bad dream. But with the help of marijuana, I feel relaxed.

Lynn Millan

“Cannabis is associated with reductions in PTSD symptoms in some patients, and prospective, placebo-controlled study is needed to determine efficacy of cannabis and its constituents in treating PTSD.”

George R. Greer, MD

“Using compounds derived from cannabis  to restore the body’s own endocannabinoid function,  could potentially help stabilize moods and ease depression, significant improvement was observed on seven of the 12 items of the PTSD scale.” 

Dr. Samir Haj-Dahmane