In this series on using marijuana to heal PTSD, we’ve learned about the causes and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Now I’ll describe how I worked with a clinical psychologist who helped me choose strains of marijuana to help reduce PTSD and its symptoms.
The psychologist first asked me to stop using all psychotropic prescription drugs (anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs), as well as alcohol.
Then, she asked me to stop using marijuana so I could clear my system of THC and other marijuana components.
That was way harder than I anticipated. I realized I had was dependent on marijuana.
As I explained in previous articles, physical health problems impact PTSD, and vice versa.
My psychologist and medical doctors tested my thyroid and other hormonal system components, along with neurotransmitters.
They gave me a cardiovascular exam, along with function exams of my liver, kidneys, and gall bladder.
After my bloodstream and body were free of THC and other marijuana compounds (I had to quit using marijuana for four weeks to achieve this), the psychologist administered personality and mood tests.
Then we looked at my previous experiences with marijuana strains, focusing on how each strain affected my PTSD symptoms of fear, rage, anxiety, anger, insomnia, flashbacks, and depression.
I realized that pure Sativa strains make my anxiety worse, but the euphoria of Sativa marijuana was sometimes a welcome effect of using marijuana to heal PTSD.
Pure Kush, Indica, or Indica-dominant strains reduced anxiety, anger, rage, and insomnia, but tended to sedate me and made it harder for me to function as a marijuana grower and writer.
The solution was to find true marijuana hybrids that contain an equal mix of Sativa and Indica genetics, along with terpenoids that beneficially moderate THC, CBD and CBN.
Most marijuana strains are hybrids, but they often have an Indica or Sativa dominance such as 70-30 Indica or 80-20 Sativa.
The marijuana genetics I sought were those that had a ratio of Indica to Sativa around 60-40.
Fortunately, I live where marijuana is legally sold, and I also have access to dozens of marijuana strains that I can grow from seed or from clones.
Here at BigBudsMag.com, you can look at our incredible Marijuana Strains and Seeds Guide for articles about specific marijuana strains.
I found an article about “Timewreck” marijuana.
The author described a high that obliterates one’s sense of time and erases memories.
I sampled Timewreck and it quickly became a favorite strain because of its dreamy, stimulating, relaxing high.
And yeah… it does mess with your sense of time!
I’m required to say I’m not a medical doctor, so I’m not offering “official” medical advice.
Please forward these articles to anyone interested in using marijuana to heal PTSD.
This information saves lives!
In our next installment in this series, I’ll share a detailed list of cannabis strains that help people who have PTSD.