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PTSD & Medical Cannabis

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Mikezw36

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Anyone suffer from PTSD and find relief with medical cannabis. I suffer from severe nightmares and flashbacks. Do every therapy imaginable weekly and tried SSRI (antidepressants) but do not like side effects and did not help. Also do like using a medication for depression and I’m not depressed in any way.
 
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Hiya and :welcome: to the forum. I haven't ever used it so I'm not the one to ask. Has therapy helped at all?
 
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schizolanza

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Hi Mike. Have you tried it? I think moderate use is ok. It may help. But can you get it reliably.? If your body gets used to it and for whatever reason you can't source your weed, you could be in trouble.
 
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Anyone suffer from PTSD and find relief with medical cannabis. I suffer from severe nightmares and flashbacks. Do every therapy imaginable weekly and tried SSRI (antidepressants) but do not like side effects and did not help. Also do like using a medication for depression and I’m not depressed in any way.
Ex forces bud, ptsd for over 10 years now and can only give you my opinion based on the side effects o had from weed.

if I thought I was F***** Up the, wow the cannabis made it ten times worse and I think had I have gone straight onto my Diazepam I would possibly be out the other side

it just increased the psychosis and removed all rationality for me, and when it wore off it hit me like a train bud.

stay clear imo
 
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Anyone suffer from PTSD and find relief with medical cannabis. I suffer from severe nightmares and flashbacks. Do every therapy imaginable weekly and tried SSRI (antidepressants) but do not like side effects and did not help. Also do like using a medication for depression and I’m not depressed in any way.
I've self medicated with cannabis for around 18 years for symptoms related to depression and anxiety (which in themselves are related my personality disorder). I began smoking it regularly, because of the withdrawal symptoms related to SSRI's and found it elevated them and the more expressive, uncontrollable parts of my P.D.
However, I don't recommend it. It's like playing Russian Roulette. There are different types of weed for a start- high THC, low CBD vs low THC, high CBD. Unless you know your strains and breeds, it's not wise to try and self medicate.

First time smokers may experience worse paranoia, depersonalisation and anxiety. There is also the risk that you could develop psychosis from. If you manage to get through that, then it can be fine- great, lovely.
Then comes the tolerance. You don't get 'high' anymore, instead you smoke to feel 'normal' and that 'normal' level begins to get lower and lower over the years.
If you suffer from social anxiety, it can also make it worse. Although, at first, you will swear blind that it's making it better. It's when you realise that Mary Jane is your best friend and you've dumped everything and everyone to spend time with her, that you realise that. In fact, it can get to the point where she is your only friend- the only thing that gets you up in the morning and the only thing that can get you to eat and sleep.
By then, even your bodily functions are dependent on a spliff. Can't even shit properly without it.

Then you try to stop or you can't get any and you get the withdrawal symptoms- stomach aches, constipation, sweating (which smells like weed btw), shaking, looming maladaptive thoughts, insomnia, lack of appetite (food tastes like cardboard), spontaneous crying, booming suicidal thoughts....

And you wonder, "why the hell didn't I take up running instead?"
 
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