BC study finds that Cannabis might help with PTSD and depression

Published Nov 28, 2019 01:00 p.m. ET
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PTSD is a very serious psychiatric condition that presents with a cluster of symptoms that can develop in people who have been subjected to dangerous, traumatic, or scary experiences. These experiences are not limited to, but can include, conflict, injury or violence.

Some of the symptoms that evolve do not ever completely disappear. People living with PTSD are known to experience the traumatic reaction even when there is no threat. People that are living with PTSD are usually at a much higher risk of suicide and depressive symptoms, and many use cannabis to help relieve these unwanted symptoms.

People living with the PTSD and depression that is involved with this syndrome may soon know without doubt that cannabis use could be just what they need. Cannabis may be the key to controlling the life-changing syndrome that many people living with PTSD live with daily.

The research

BCCSU or the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, and the University of British Columbia have engaged in a study on the subject. The active study suggests that cannabis, combined with the cannabinoid receptors in our body, may hold a positive promise in the treatment of this syndrome.

The current medications available for anxiety and depression are limited, and come with many unwanted side effects. Some of these unwanted prescribed medications include SSRI’s like Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft, which are prescribed in an effort to help treat the symptoms of PTSD.

Researchers, according to the latest marijuana news sources, have well-documented links between the trauma that comes from conflict, violence, depression, and suicide, which impacts close to 9% of the population. It is noted that Canada has one of the highest rates of PTSD.

Some of the research states that those living with PTSD and users of cannabis were about seven times more likely to have dealt with a recent major depressive episode. However, with those numbers, about 4.7 percent were more likely to have experienced thoughts of suicide when compared with non-cannabis users not living with PTSD.

The study also went on to indicate that with cannabis users, PTSD was not linked to any recent depressive episodes or thoughts of impending suicide. Researchers constructing the study noted that more than 25% of Canadians that are living with PTSD report having used cannabis. These numbers are higher than researchers found in the general population. These numbers are estimated at being 11.4 percent.


Some of the best strains for helping to combat PTSD symptoms

Blue Dream

  • Sativa dominant
  • High THC levels

Pineapple Express

  • Provides a clear headiness
  • Added creativity

Master Kush

  • Not the best for beginners very potent
  • Great for assisting with insomnia issues


  • Perfect for daytime use
  • Helps to increase moods
  • Reduces anxiety

OG Kush

  • Provides a pleasant and euphoric state
  • Potent strain great for calming the entire body

If you are living with PTSD or any other mental health issues, speak with your primary health provider about introducing cannabis as part of your daily regime to living with these disabling syndromes.

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