Several studies have shown that THC is effective in treating patients suffering from from posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD. THC is also a safer alternative treatment compared to other prescription medication that can be addictive and have more serious side effects.
How THC Treats PTSD
The cannabinoids in THC help regulate your endocannabinoid system (ECS). By activating CB1 and CB2 receptors located throughout this core system, cannabinoids inhibit fear and anxiety caused by memories of underlying trauma. PTSD patients usually have lower levels of a neurotransmitter called anandamide. THC also stimulates neurotransmitters that affect your mood and promote pleasure and happiness.
THC vs Anti-depressants for PTSD
Side-effects with prescribed anti-depressant medication include addiction, tolerance, and with some PTSD patients, they just don’t work to alleviate any symptoms.
On the other hand, THC not only treats the symptoms of PTSD like flashbacks, social anxiety and night sweats, but also helps improve sleep.