There is much debate about whether medical marijuana helps out with PTSD or not. I do not believe that there is one ‘right’ answer – I believe that PTSD is so complicated that you should talk about it very openly with your therapist.
What complicates it is the fact that marijuana is classified as a schedule i drug, which means that *we can’t even study its effects*! Because of its schedule i status, it is next to impossible for researchers to obtain cannabis and answer questions like: “Does teenage mj use put one at risk for developing schizophrenia?” “Does mj addiction exist? If so, what are the mechanisms so that we can treat it?” “Does marijuana alleviate symptoms of PTSD and Parkinson’s?”
Despite all that, the evidence seems to be that marijuana helps with some symptoms and hinders with some symptoms. It helps with things like lack of appetite and insomnia, but it does not help with the dissociative tendencies.
Since I live in a medical marijuana state and I currently should be eating four times – or more – than I manage in a day, I had a serious conversation with my therapist about mmj. I honestly am scared at how my body is wasting away.
i explained that i DO NOT want a strain that is more of a ‘head high’/dissociative. (i smoked a sativa-heavy strain last week and i freaked out a ton because it was so freaking dissociative) it is just that i should be eating 4 times as much as i currently am, and i currently sleep for like 3 hours per night. i just want to smoke, get super-munchies, and fall asleep. i want to be able to nourish my body so that i can do things like exercise.
my purpose for getting an mmj card would be to (a) purchase mj in a safe and regulated environment (my dealer has a scary alcoholic roommate – this is the city that has more dispensaries than starbucks; i shouldn’t have to deal with that) and (b) to ensure that i get a strain that gives me the effects i want.
many medical patients only smoke a little bit until they get the desired physical effect – then stop. i have a one-hitter. that’s what i plan on doing. i don’t plan on getting fucked up and losing myself in a haze of cannabis smoke all day because the trauma is too much. which, unfortunately, i’ve seen people do. and, like, the stories that my ex had about growing up in a street gang – well, why do you think people in gangs smoke so much weed?
my therapist said, that’s fine, you’re an adult, marijuana is part of life – we will work towards you learning how to eat without the marijuana, but for right now, that’s fine.
she specified, don’t smoke while you are processing through the events and writing your story of the event(s). don’t be high while you are in therapy. you want to connect to the event, not dissassociate from it more. fair enough, that makes sense.
so i have a consult appointment to get my red card next tuesday. ptsd is not covered, but chronic nausea (which i have been experincing) is a covered medical condition in this state.
it’s looking like it’s ridiculously easy to get the card, especially if you are over 21 – you don’t even need medical records if you are over 21! i hope the ‘regulate marijuana like alcohol’ amendment passes so that we can stop playing this charade.
anyway, i don’t foresee any problems in getting my card – and i’m looking forward to being able to experience walking into a nice safe dispensary so that i don’t have to deal with a “proud alcoholic” who stacks 50 pabst cans in a pyramid. i look forward to chatting with a friendly person behind the counter who genuinely cares about getting me medication that will help me eat/sleep.