I have Complex-PTSD due to childhood abuse: a form of PTSD that is non-combat related. I know…it’s weird.
Because PTSD is so poorly understood, I decided to participate in clinical research. After putting my own treatments on hold to be a part of one brain imaging study and two clinical drug trials, I no longer could rely on my previous meds to keep me functional. And to be honest – I was on too many pharmaceuticals, especially when I could have just taken a hit off a joint a couple times a day to control the majority of my symptoms.
I am moving forward with medical cannabis. I am off all meds – including Adderall, Wellbutrin, Bystolic and Xanax.
I did my homework before participating in the trials; one of the trial medications was designed with the endocannabinoid system in mind. I had tried marijuana recreationally before, and had made a medicinal tincture for my father-in-law for years – so I decided to try it with specific health goals in mind. I wasn’t out to get high.
To be clear, I am not anti-pharmaceutical. Obviously medications have their place in this world. I believe in science.
As I experience more and more of the beneficial effects first-hand, I cannot deny the reality that medical marijuana is a piece of the puzzle. For me, it’s another tool in the toolkit – and it improves my Quality of Life.
Legalization continues to make progress globally, and medical research continues to progress right along with it. As the FDA soon considers marijuana’s scheduled placement, we theoretically could see a huge growth (pun intended) in medical research that is funded both financially as well as botanically. I, for one, am chomping at the bit. I want to know more.
For now, I can’t really say with conviction how it works for me – only that it does.
But science is coming. 🙂