How Does Medical Marijuana Treat Anxiety and Depression in PTSD?

Can Medical Marijuana Be Used to Treat Depression and Anxiety?

PTSD often comes with a diagnoses of depression, anxiety.  All of these conditions have been increasing in frequency over the years, especially during the era of Covid.   Anxiety and panic can often be debilitating, leaving the patient’s qualify of life diminished. 

Many people find that medical marijuana used in the Compassionate Care program in Texas can ease symptoms of depression and anxiety, leading to greater overall mental wellness. Cannabinoids can provide relief from feelings of stress and tension, as well as provide a valuable boost of dopamine, to alleviate these common mental health concerns.  

 

How Does Medical Marijuana Treat Depression?

A study published in September 2021 in the journal, Frontiers in Psychiatry, found that patients with diagnosed clinical depression who use medical marijuana have lower depression scores (along with better quality of life, improved sleep, and less pain) than patients not using marijuana. Additionally, patients in the study who started to use medical marijuana in a follow-up period experience decreased symptoms of depression and anxiety. 

The mechanism of action for THC in treating depression has been linked to the regulation of dopamine in the brain.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in feeling good, and it regulates our responses to reward and motivation, along with a concert of other neurotransmitters. Cannabis stimulates the release of dopamine in the reward center of the brain, the mesolimbic system.  This can improve mood and offset feelings of worthlessness and fatigue

Does Medical Marijuana Treat Anxiety?

Many people have turned to the use of CBD to treat anxiety, which can be obtained over the counter.  CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in marijuana that is not psychotropic, meaning it does not make patients feel dissociation or the sensation of being high, which often can worsen anxiety. 

Other patients are turning to strains of marijuana that are high in CBD to treat anxiety, as the CBD helps to diminish unwanted negative side effects of THC.  A study done in 2010 showed that people with social anxiety had a reduction in their symptoms using CBD tinctures.  In this study, the subjects also had their brains scanned.  The PET scans showed that CBD changed blood flow to the areas of the brain that regulate feelings of fear and anxiety.  THC was also show to have a similar effect in a similar study done in 2017. 

At Compassionate Telemedicine, our cannabis specialists help our patients to find the right products and dosing available in the medical marijuana program in Texas to treat anxiety and depression associated with PTSD.  Book an appointment now for relief!

 

 

 

Author
Dr. Allison Kendrick

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