Cannabis and Mental Health

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and also a month where we recognize those who so bravely fought and served our country on Memorial Day. Dharma Pharmaceuticals is proud to offer medical cannabis as an alternative option for those suffering from PTSD and chronic pain. Often, these folks haven’t been able to find relief from traditional pharmaceuticals. Their testimonials are inspiring!

How Patrick found relief from PTSD, IED and more through medical cannabis

“Hi, my name is Patrick. My story is a bit of a weird one but a wild one. So, I spent most of my adult life as a police officer and a soldier in the military.  I’m 40 and suffer from a slew of issues acquired from over 18 years in those professions. Ranging from PTSD, IED, and hypervigilance to physical injuries, insomnia, and scar pain. The lower limb injuries were severe enough to remove me form those 2 careers and led me to my new career as a professional photographer. However, even in my new career I am still haunted by my diagnosed conditions.  As a patient of the VA and private sector I was often prescribed narcotic pain killers / opioids. Soon I noticed that I was dependent on those pain killers to work and operate.  Luckily with the help of friends and family I was able to stop the dependency before it became full blown addiction. I went cold turkey on all my pain medications except OTC. 

I can tell you that living with chronic pain is a horrible existence. You dwell on the pain so much that everyone around you becomes the enemy. Add PTSD and IED into the mix after not being able to obtain restful sleep, you have a monster.  Nothing really helped me, and I just pushed forward.  Soon my gf and now wife brought up how cannabis could help me. Being a former police officer that was on a narcotic enforcement team, I was not ready to accept anything of the sort.  Now, my wife is a tenacious woman and kept on me about the benefits of cannabis and we would talk in depth about it. She would give me her personal experiences and I would talk to her about mine.  Out of shear frustration from all my issues and her constant pressuring me I decided to pursue obtaining my medical prescription for it. I located a Dr and she felt I could benefit from it and I was successful in obtaining the prescription. 

I have no issue in telling you my 1st trip to Bristol was not a fun ride down. I was extremely stressed. For some reason I was struggling with being a former officer and now driving to purchase cannabis. It felt like I was turning my back on my previous life. Its almost impossible to explain but it was enough to trigger my hypervigilance and anxiety. We arrived and I kind of showed my rear end when they told me my wife could not accompany me inside the dispensary unless she had a card as well (we did get hers just didn’t have it at the time) after they explained to me how to use my medication, they sent me off.  The drive back was rough, but when I got at home, I tried cannabis for the 1st time since 1994.

15 minutes later I finally felt peace. While it did not stop my chronic pain, it made it possible for me to forget about it, to not dwell on it and I felt normal.  My mind relaxed and felt the tension slowly go away. I was not high, but I genuinely felt relief.  I was not angry or agitated, I was fully relaxed.  That night I slept the entire night with out a single wake up. Something that has not happened in many years. I was rested and not in any way hung over, unlike when using prescribed painkillers.  No nausea, no headache, and best thing…. No craving for more, something you feel with painkillers almost as soon as you wake up.  My pain was still there so I used the cannabis again and soon felt the same relief. 

Well long story short I have a lot of my life back now. I’m not able to run an obstacle course but I’m not sitting over in the corner angry at the world anymore either!  I have no doubt in my mind that cannabis is the only treatment for chronic pain, insomnia, hypervigilance I have ever used that had 0 side effects, if you don’t count the Cheetos and chips ( I did learn the munchies are 100% real ).  I also love how its odorless and easy to use privately with no one really knowing.  This has changed my mind on so many viewpoints and I will always advocate for medical cannabis, I know its benefit 1st hand.  My wife and I are both patients and will be for life. Thank you so much for providing us with home delivery of our medicine. Since I’ve used your products I have not needed or craved prescribed killers.”

What is PTSD, and what does the research say about medical marijuana treatment?

PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event – either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and trouble sleeping, severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts. The great news is this… cannabis is an amazing form of treatment for PTSD suffering individuals! Studies suggest that THC modulates stress related processing in trauma exposed individuals with PTSD. Research also suggests that cannabis is an effective pharmacological approach to treating stress and trauma related psychopathology. Source: De Gruyter

A valued patient shares about his use of cannabis and how his lingering PTSD symptoms have improved:

“Dharma has changed my whole life mentally and physically. After being diagnosed with PTSD, I was prescribed several medications to relieve the symptoms. None have helped like cannabis! I’m so glad I chose marijuana as my form of treatment! Thanks to Dharma, I’m finally healing” Donnie, a 21 year war Veteran.

Registered Cannabis Practitioner in Virginia

Wondering if medical cannabis might be right for you?

Start by talking to your doctor today about whether medical cannabis might work for you. After you get approval from a Board of Pharmacy Registered Practitioner for Medical Cannabis, register with the Commonwealth of Virginia. Just 2 simple steps to become a Dharma patient and experience the #dharmadifference.

Memorial Day Weekend Special