To recognize National PTSD Awareness Month in June, Pharmacy times interviewed Jordan Tishler, MD, president of the Association of Cannabis Specialists, faculty at Harvard Medical School, and a cannabis specialist at inhaleMD, about how medical cannabis can be used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans and the general public.
During the discussion, Tishler explained what PTSD is and how it can affect the daily lives of people living with the disorder.
In addition, Tishler addressed how, although PTSD is often associated with veterans, the disorder is by no means exclusively present in this population. PTSD can also affect a large number of people outside the veteran population.
“PTSD is only the latest historical term for the kind of psychological damage we see from war incidents, and as a result there is a lot of attention about PTSD in the veteran population and a lot of research into veteran PTSD as well as cannabis use in the veteran PTSD population, Said Tishler. “But it is certainly not the only population that is affected. We certainly see PTSD develop in e.g. Rape survivors and people who have had traumatic or violent childhoods. ”
In light of the broad impact of PTSD on the lives of people suffering from the disorder, Tishler stressed the importance of developing more treatment options to increase the likelihood of positive patient outcomes.
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Tishler noted that cannabis is able to add to the arsenal of treatments that can help interrupt the cycle that people with the disorder often experience, which can include being triggered by internal or external events when they occur.
“This constellation of symptoms, whether it’s hyperwakening or waking up from dreams, that kind of thing cannabis kind of blocks and the effects are pretty broad,” Tishler said.
Tishler also addressed how cannabis can specifically help treat patients with PTSD neurologically and some best practices around developing a treatment plan that incorporates cannabis treatment for a patient with PTSD.