According to a study funded by the Colorado Department of Environment and Public Health, a group of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sufferers who used marijuana within a single year showed a greater reduction of symptom adversity than the control group.
The research also showed the PTSD sufferers who used cannabis were 2.57 times more likely to no longer comply with DSM-5 standards for the mental condition.
The study was published in the Cannabis and CBD Research Journal and found that marijuana has the potential of being PTSD’s alternative treatment. However, random placebo-controlled tests are required to analyze safety and ascertain how different cannabis preparations affect functioning and PTSD.
Based on the Forbes report explaining the study, the researchers monitored two groups suffering from PTSD for one year and one group took authorized medical marijuana but the other PTSD group didn’t take any marijuana.
The 150 research participants, with a 50.67 average age and 73% male, exceeded the DSM principles for post-traumatic stress disorder. At the start of the experiment, the participants were analyzed for the condition and the severity of their symptoms. The analysis was conducted again after every three months.
Urine tests were used to confirm marijuana use. The report says that a larger portion of the seventy-five participants who took cannabis used high-THC content flowers.
The study was carried out by researchers at Pennsylvania University, California University, Colorado University and the Medicine School of Johns Hopkins. It adds to the budding department of scientific literature to back MJ’s function as a PTSD therapeutic.
In June, a study launched by researchers at Washington State University entailed data from over 400 PTSD victims and concluded that marijuana minimized PTSD’s immediate symptoms. It reduced irritation by 67%, anxiety by 57%, flashbacks by 51% and returned the mental pictures of a traumatic scenario by around 62%.