Cannabis is legal for medicinal use in an increasing number of states of the US and many of these states list posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as one of the indications for its use.
Of persons who ask for cannabis for medical reasons in states where such use is legal, more than one-thirds list PTSD as the main reason for requesting cannabis.
Many stories have been reported in the press about persons whose PTSD symptoms improved after use of cannabis.
There are also reports that some persons with more severe PTSD were using cannabis to cope with their symptoms.
But, is there good research evidence that cannabis really works for PTSD?
The Veteran’s Health Administration obviously has a strong interest in the treatment of PTSD. It has commissioned a large report on the topic of cannabis and PTSD and the paper discussed below is part of that larger project.
This paper aimed to review the published research data on the efficacy and adverse effects of plant-based cannabis for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder.