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How Medical Marijuana Can Help Veterans With PTSD



Unfortunately, this is a tough diagnosis to live with. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can affect every aspect of your life. It can be onset by any traumatic experience but is most commonly associated with veterans due to military trauma.


At Ohio Marijuana Card, we support our veterans in every way that we can!


We offer special PTSD diagnosis appointments. With an appointment, you can meet with one of our certified compassionate doctors to receive a PTSD diagnosis. After your PTSD diagnosis, you will receive $50 off of your medical marijuana evaluation when you get your marijuana card with us!


If you are a veteran dealing with another medical condition or already have a PTSD diagnosis from another doctor, we also offer $40 off of medical marijuana evaluations for your bravery, hard work and dedication to our country.


To learn more about PTSD, keep reading and see how medical marijuana can help you today!


Living With PTSD

PTSD is a medical condition that develops after a person experiences some sort of traumatic life event. The root of this disorder is anxiety.


Here is a list of symptoms that one with PTSD could experience:

  • Flashbacks of the trauma

  • Invasive memories of the trauma

  • Nightmares or insomnia

  • Avoidance of people, place or thoughts that are connect to the trauma

  • Loss of memory of the traumatic event

  • Loss of interests or depression

  • Difficulty focusing

  • Self-destructive behaviors


PTSD in Veterans

Veterans experience PTSD as a group at a higher rate due to combat trauma. Those serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have an 11-20% rate of developing PTSD, and veterans from the Gulf war have a 12% rate. Veterans of the Vietnam war have a 30% rate of developing PTSD over their lifetime.


Other factors in the military can also contribute to an already stressful situation which can cause higher rates of PTSD as well. One of these factors is military sexual trauma (MST). MST is any sexual assault or hassament experienced by those while serving in the military. 23% of women in the military have reported sexual assault, and 55% of women and 38% of men have reported sexual harassment.


Cannabis Can Treat PTSD

Let’s get into a little bit about the science behind how cannabis can treat PTSD!


Everybody has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance, throughout the body. Endocannabinoids attach to cannabinoid receptors to ensure that it can fulfill its normal functions.


The ECS can be thrown off balance when someone has a medical condition such as PTSD. Medical marijuana has endocannabinoids that can attach to the CB1 and CB2 receptors and help bring balance back to the ECS. This is how medical marijuana can treat PTSD!


PTSD Symptoms Treated by Medical Marijuana

The great thing about medical marijuana is that it can not only improve the quality of life for those dealing with PTSD but it also can relieve the specific symptoms that come hand in hand with the disorder.


Here are some of the main symptoms of PTSD that medical marijuana can help relieve:

How To Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio for PTSD

If you believe you have PTSD or have been diagnosed with the condition already, you are in the right place!


At Ohio Marijuana Card, we provide those with qualifying conditions access to medical marijuana cards. In order to be eligible, you have to be 18 years or older, be an Ohio resident, have a qualifying medical condition and meet with a certified Ohio marijuana doctor. We can help you with all of this!


You can start your medical marijuana journey by giving us a call at (866) 457-5559 or by booking an appointment online.


Don’t wait another day to get the relief that you deserve!


 

Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

Here at Ohio Marijuana Card, our goal is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

If you have any questions, call us at (866) 457-5559, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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