PTSD is a maladaptive response to a traumatic experience that can be severely disabling, and can result in a range of symptoms. It is the leading psychiatric issue among patients inquiring after cannabis therapies.
Many people with PTSD use cannabis to regulate their symptoms, notably among former military servicemen to aid sleep, and it was partly through observations of these use trends that investigations into cannabis as a therapy for PTSD were encouraged.
In this module, we look at the progression of research into cannabinoids used for PTSD, from bench research through to human trials, and describe the known mechanisms for how cannabinoids are thought to be able to treat it.
Supplemented by the direct clinical experience of doctors operating closely with this and other psychiatric conditions, we provide a clear overview of the potential of cannabis for treating PTSD.