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Cannabis and PTSD

Our Extraordinary Brains

 

Wizard of Oz. Scarecrow. All he wanted was a brain. He might not want one if he knew how complex a brain is – how it handles all of our experiences and, sometimes, holds onto them long-term. Various areas of the brain are involved in autonomic functions (things we don’t think about like breathing and our hearts beating), cognition, and emotional processing. The brain is comprised of a few areas that each control specific functions. For example, the amygdala processes trauma, emotions associated with it, and the fight-or-flight response innate within us. In humans, the amygdala is closely associated with PTSD.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is particularly complex. Often associated with veterans who have seen combat and had harrowing experiences there, PTSD can also be experienced by anyone who has experienced a traumatic event or even people who have seen a trauma occur. It doesn’t necessarily show up at the time of the traumatic event but can show up months or even years later. PTSD is extremely debilitating for those suffering from it and those close to them. Symptoms of PTSD can include:

  • Reliving the event through flashbacks or nightmares
  • Avoiding talking about the event or having severe distress when remembering it
  • Feeling numb
  • Feeling very negative about everything
  • Being startled easily
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Extreme emotional outbursts
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Self-destructive behavior

Sadly, this isn’t a comprehensive list of PTSD symptoms. This disorder is complex and difficult for those living with it.

Is Cannabis an Effect Treatment for PTSD?

Yes, believe it or not. Anecdotally, many veterans and other sufferers of PTSD have affirmed that marijuana products help alleviate their symptoms. As recently as 2020, studies (NIH – National Library of Medicine, here and here) have shown that cannabis use for PTSD is effective in different ways:

Medical Marijuana Can Help

 Canna Card Express, located in Worcester, MA, can help sufferers of PTSD if they qualify for a medical cannabis card, and potentially  alleviate some of their symptoms. We can be reached by phone at 508-817-9300 or email at info@cannacardexpress.com and would like to help you achieve the best life you can live.

 

 

Disclaimer: The information contained here was not written by a medical doctor and is intended for informational purposes only. This is not a substitute for medical advice.

 

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Steps to Certification

Step 1
Book an appointment

Book an appointment via our website, phone, or email. You must be a Massachusetts Resident

Step 2
Login to HIPAA

Once the appointment is booked, an email is sent with a link to login to our secure HIPAA compliant patient portal where documents are filled out and reviewed by the Nurse Practitioner prior to your visit.

If you have any difficulty completing these documents please Contact us.

Step 3
Upload Documents
Upload a valid photo ID to the patient portal.
  • Massachusetts Driver’s license
  • Massachusetts ID
  • US military ID
  • US passport
Step 4
Receive Appointment

You will receive appointment reminders before the visit via email, automated voice message, and text.

Step 5
Your visit

Your visit: Telemedicine visits are via a secure HIPAA compliant patient platform. The visit may be done by telephone if preferable. Once connected, the provider will review your medical history and discuss how to incorporate Medical Cannabis into your routine.

Step 6
Invoice

Your invoice is available for payment online in your patient portal. We will process it after your visit. If certification is denied for any reason, we will issue a refund immediately.

Step 7
Here You Go

When the above steps are complete, you will receive two emails. A welcome email is received from the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program, and another email from us at Canna Card Express. A temporary program ID card is attached to our email, it is ready to use at dispensaries and is valid for 2 weeks. Our email contains step by step instructions on how to complete the registration online with the state. Registration with the state is required to receive the hard copy Medical Marijuana Patient ID Card. Registration requires a valid MA ID, proof of residency, and is valid for one year. In a year, a renewal visit is needed to keep certification active.

If you have any difficulties with the online state registration, please  Contact us.