According to a study carried out at the Learning and Memory Lab in the University of Haifa’s Department of Psychology, the use of cannabinoids (marijuana) could assist in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder patients.

The study, which was carried out by research student Eti Ganon-Elazar under the supervision of Dr. Irit Akirav, was published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

The result of experiencing a traumatic event, in most cases, is the appearance of medical and psychological symptoms that affect various functions, but which pass. However, some 10 to 30 percent of people experiencing a traumatic event develop post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition in which the patient continues to suffer stress symptoms for months and even years after the traumatic event.

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) include reawakened trauma, avoidance of anything that could recall the trauma, and psychological and physiological disturbances.

The study carried out by Dr. Akirav and research student Eti Ganon-Elazar was aimed to examine the efficiency of cannabinoids as a medical treatment for coping with post-traumatic stress. A synthetic form of marijuana that has similar properties to the natural plant was used by researchers a rat model was chosen that represents similar physiological responses to stress to that of humans.

It was revealed that marijuana cancelled out the symptoms of stress in rats and surfacing of stress symptoms was prevented, regardless of when exactly the injection was administered.

“The results of our research should encourage psychiatric investigation into the use of cannabinoids in post-traumatic stress patients,” said Dr. Akirav and added the study results how that cannabinoids can play an important role in stress-related disorders.

Below is a list of 5 strains that have been known to help those suffering from PTSD.

1. Blue Dream

Blue Dream is a cannabis strain that has been well known to provide relief and balance.  This strain is a cross between Haze and Blueberry. Blue Cheese provides mental easy and calmness. It contains Sativa which relieves anxiety and provides mood elevation. This uplifting cannabis strain is a perfect aid for those suffering from PTSD.

2. OG Kush

OG Kush is another cannabis strain which is slightly stronger than Blue Dream. Since OG Kush is well known for helping those suffering from insomnia. It’s sedative effects help those suffering from anxiety attacks. This is why it has also helped those suffering from symptoms of PTSD.

3. Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush is a powerful strain that is a combination of OG Kush and Afghani. This pure indica strain provides a sedative effect which provides a relaxing body high that is perfect for those who are low in spirits or having a stressful day. Many patients who use this strain typically suffer from ailments such as insomnia, depression, stress and ADD which all share similar symptoms to PTSD.

4. Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express is a famous strain thanks the Seth Rogan and James Franco movie. This strain will keep you feeling well-balance and clear your head. If you’re feeling anxious from PTSD this strain will aid you. This sativa-dominant hybrid contains up to 20% THC that will leave you upbeat and perfect for daytime consumption. Pineapple express provides relief without being overpowering.

 5. Northern Lights

This is cannabis strain is possibly the most famous of them all. This pure indica strain provides a full body high. This strain is helpful for those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder as it relaxes the body and put the mind at ease. Aside from PTSD, Northern Lights is also helpful to aid bipolar disorder, severe anxiety and depression. This fast-acting strain is a terrific sleep aid or for those stuck in a rut.

University of Haifa (2009, November 4). Use Of Cannabinoids Could Help Post-traumatic Stress