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This question & answer column is intended to provide information about the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program, not legal or medical advice. We are not affiliated with the AZDHS who administers the program.
I have heard the medical condition “PTSD” has been approved as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana.
When will patient be able to get certified using PTSD and how does marijuana help PTSD?
PTSD was approved by the Arizona Department of Health Services in July 2014 as a qualifying condition for the use of medical marijuana. The 3rd Annual Report to the State Legislators says PTSD will be available for use Jan. 1, 2015. However, AZDHS has not released that information to the public nor have they updated the required form to include PTSD.
PTSD has recently been found to have a strong connection between the endocannabinoid system and how the brain processes traumatic memories. Cannabis (marijuana) is used for different symptoms of PTSD. "Some use it to forget their worries and sleep without thoughts; others to enjoy in their sleep a variety of dreams and delusions; others become drunk and act like clowns" writes a Portuguese doctor and botanist, Cristobal Acosta in the 16th century.. over 500 years ago.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is typically triggered by exposure to an extreme traumatic stress.The response to stress usually involves an intense experience of terror or helplessness.Theclassic symptoms of PTSD include repetitive and intense recollections of the original event, such as flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks or self mutilation. PTSD often leads to emotional distancing, avoidance, and intense arousal or rage. It is estimated 10% of the U.S. population will experience some PTSD symptoms in their lives. A 2012 case study by researchers from Hannover Medical School and Harvard Medical School concluded: "Findings from studies suggest that by altering fear conditioning, memory systems, general central nervous system arousal, mood and sleep, exogenous cannabinoids may have potential for treatment of PTSD.
Start small, wait an hour then use a small amount more if needed. One inch brownie, half a gummy bear, 1 capsule, 1 tsp. of infused olive oil on a salad, 2- 3 tokes on a vaporizer, etc.
Keep a log for 30 days of what you used, how much, how long the effects lasted, effects of different strains or delivery methods used.
Avoid varieties high in pinene, this terpene may not turn off adverse memories. Popular varieties: Cannatonic, Bubba Kush, OG Kush.
Methods of use:
Oral: Eating marijuana is the oldest method known, going back to China 10,000 years ago. You can eat the fresh plant or juice the leaves, toss fresh buds in your salad or just chew them up and swallow them. Fresh or dried it can be added to most any dish or recipe.
Next best is to infuse healthy oils: (infuse or transfer the medicine from the plant to the oil) Coconut, almond, grapeseed, olive oils and butter can be infused and then used for cooking, baking and canna capsules. Coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil and shea butter can be used for skin rubs. Food grade vegetable glycerin can be infused to make tincture CBD drops to use sublingual under the tongue or bacural in the mouth, vaporized and as a pain rub.
Vaporizing and smoking are by far the most common delivery method preferred by PTSD patients.
Indicated chemotypes- high CBD and THC varieties especially with terpenes such as linacool and limonene.