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Is Cannabis Good or Bad for PTSD? Research Says It’s Complicated

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Is cannabis good or bad for PTSD and other mental health disorders? I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is your MedCircle Weekly News.

Evidence shows that cannabis can be good OR bad for PTSD and other mental health disorders. You’re probably asking, “how is that even possible?”

Well, according to Scientific American,

The cannabis plant is not a single substance, but rather, contains more than 500 identified chemical constituents … As a result, … varying combinations of cannabis dosages can affect many physiological and psychological processes in different ways, including gastrointestinal function, appetite, pain, memory, movement, immunity, inflammation and mental health.

Basically, cannabis can’t be pigeonholed as being strictly helpful or strictly harmful.

For example, some people claim certain types of cannabis reduce symptoms of depression, while other research suggests that other types may actually worsen depressive symptoms.

Additionally, there are SO many more variables that play into how cannabis will affect a person - such as the following:

  • Potency levels
  • Other cannabis-related chemicals
  • Amounts used
  • Frequency of use
  • Prior usage of the substance
  • The person’s individual likelihood to experience psychiatric symptoms

It’s important to consider all the variables - and the credible research behind it - when looking at ways of coping with mental health symptoms. And you can stay on top of the latest research by watching our original series with leading psychiatrists and psychologists across the country.

I’m Kyle Kittleson, and remember - whatever you’re going through - you got this!

Source: Scientific American


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