Hardly a secret anymore, medical marijuana is one of the most effective treatments ever found to treat post traumatic stress disorder. Yet Georgia lawmakers act as if the thousands of veterans (and others) who successfully use medical marijuana to treat PTSD do not exist.
From the Huffington Post: More than 5 million people suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) annually, and new research suggests that cannabis may help them find relief and may even offer better care than the current class of drugs commonly used to treat the disorder.
According to research published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, the administering of synthetic cannabinoids to rats after a traumatic event can prevent behavioral and physiological symptoms of PTSD by triggering changes in brain centers associated with the formation and holding of traumatic memories.
The study adds to a growing body of research that “contributes to the understanding of the brain basis of the positive effect cannabis has on PTSD,” the researchers note.