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Medical Marijuana Can Aid Veterans With PTSD



Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a medical condition that can qualify you for medical marijuana treatment in Louisiana. Louisiana is an “all conditions” state which means that any and all medical conditions, including PTSD, can qualify you for medical marijuana treatment.


PTSD is a tough diagnosis to hear. It is an anxiety disorder that can affect every aspect of your life. PTSD is triggered by a traumatic experience but is most commonly associated with veterans due to combat trauma experienced in the military.


At Louisiana Marijuana Card, we support our veterans in every way that we can! If you are a veteran dealing with PTSD, we want to offer you $20 off of your medical marijuana evaluation with us for your bravery, hard work and dedication to our country.


Read on for more information on PTSD and how medical marijuana can help you today!


Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD is a serious condition that can develop after a person experiences a traumatic life event. The root of this disorder is anxiety.


Here is a list of symptoms that someone with PTSD could experience:

  • Flashbacks

  • Invasive memories

  • Nightmares or insomnia

  • Avoidance of people, place or thoughts that are connect to the trauma

  • Loss of memory

  • Loss of interests or depression

  • Difficulty focusing

  • Self-destructive behaviors


PTSD in Veterans

Veterans experience PTSD at a higher rate due to combat trauma. Those who have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have an 11-20% rate of developing PTSD, and veterans serving in the Gulf war have a 12% rate. Veterans of the Vietnam war have a 30% rate of developing PTSD in their lifetime.


There are also other factors that come into play for military personnel that can cause higher rates of PTSD too. One of these factors is the high rates of military sexual trauma (MST). MST is any sexual assault or harassment experienced by those while in the military. 23% of women in the military have reported sexual assault, and 55% of women and 38% of men have reported sexual harassment. These numbers are quite high and can contribute to PTSD as well.


Medical Marijuana Can Treat PTSD

To understand how medical marijuana can help treat PTSD we need to dig into a bit of science!


Everyone has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in the body. Endocannabinoids attach to cannabinoid receptors to ensure that the body can fulfill its typical functions.


When someone has a medical condition like PTSD, the ECS can be thrown off balance. This is where medical marijuana can help! Marijuana has endocannabinoids that attach to the CB1 and CB2 receptors and bring balance back to the ECS!


Specific PTSD Symptoms Treated by Marijuana

The great thing about medical marijuana treatment is not only can it improve the quality of life for those battling PTSD but it also can relieve the specific symptoms that come with the disorder.


Here are some of the main symptoms that medical marijuana can help treat:

  • Anxiety:

  • Chronic anxiety comes hand in hand with PTSD since it is an anxiety condition. Marijuana with a high amount of CBD and a low amount of THC has been linked to reducing overall stress levels and anxiety. It also is a mood enhancer which can help those with PTSD feel happier and more energetic.

  • Nightmares:

  • Nightmares are also very common. Medical marijuana has been shown to reduce REM sleep which is the stage when the most vivid dreams occur. Limiting REM sleep can give you rest while limiting nightmares.

  • Insomnia:

  • With anxiety and nightmares also comes insomnia. Marijuana strains with high THC can help reduce the time it takes to fall asleep and can also improve your durations of sleep overall by lengthening them.

How To Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Louisiana for PTSD

If you have been diagnosed with PTSD, you are in the right place!


At Louisiana Marijuana Card, we provide those with serious medical conditions access to medical marijuana cards. In order to qualify, you have to be a Louisiana resident, have a serious medical condition and meet with a certified Louisiana marijuana doctor. We can help you with all of this!


You can start your medical marijuana journey by giving us a call at 833-253-2943 or by booking an appointment online.


You deserve relief today. Don’t wait another moment!



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At Louisiana Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.


Call us at (833) 253-2943, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!


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