A survey found that medicinal cannabis can improve depression, in addition to pain, appetite and anxiety.29 Patients suffering from multiple sclerosis also frequently complain of depression. Here, too, an improvement of up to 80 percent could be identified.30 Of course, it is also positive that medicinal cannabis does not impair normal sleep. 31 In addition, medicinal cannabis can quickly brighten the mood through its mood-regulating effect. 32 Compared to the drugs traditionally used to treat depression (antidepressants), medical cannabis can have a significantly lower side effect profile.12 Feingold et. al could not find any connection between cannabis use and depression in an open study in 2017.
PTSD patients who have been treated with medicinal cannabis report the following positive effects:
- Reduction of nightmares
- Improvement of sleep
- Improvement of the ability to concentrate
- Reduction of mental circles
- Reduction of restlessness and tension
- Reduction of flashbacks
- Reduction of anxiety
- Improvement of the quality of life
Medical cannabis can therefore alleviate several symptoms of PTSD at once.
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