5 cannabis strains to treat PTSD?

The National Academies of Sciences reports that PTSD is a stressor-related disorder which develops as a result of a patient’s exposure to a traumatic event. The psychological symptoms that develop because of the trauma affect mood, cognition, memories (both suppression and the inability to form new memories) and physical health. Additional symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, nightmares, an acute response to fear stimuli, atypical memory processes and a continuous feeling of distress or emotional arousal.

The endocannabinoid system consists of cannabinoid receptors all over the body. This system enables a connection between body and mind, signaling to all other systems when something feels good or bad. When the body is defensive against trauma or illness, this system begins to fail, resulting in physical, mental and/or neurological conditions. Medical marijuana can contribute to a patient’s overall health. Cannabis offers significant therapeutic benefits for a wide range of medical conditions. PTSD patients lack the necessary endocannabinoids to fill the receptor sites properly.

Medical marijuana and cannabinoids can be used to treat a patient’s physical and psychological health, alleviating the debilitating symptoms of PTSD. In severe cases, symptoms can be so extreme that a patient is unable to live what most consider a “normal life.” PTSD symptoms can often appear in social or professional situations. There are numerous studies that have offered support that through the proper use of cannabinoids the negative symptoms of PTSD can be decreased.

One study presented by Multidisciplinary association for psychedelic studies specifically seeks veterans as participants in their medical marijuana project. According to the MAPS website they are “working to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of smoked botanical marijuana as a prescription medicine for specific medical uses to the satisfaction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In 2014 the The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approved a study of smoked whole plant (botanical) marijuana for symptoms of PTSD in U.S. veterans. MAPS worked for over 22 years to obtain marijuana for medical marijuana drug development research, and the approval is a historic shift in federal policy. On December 17, 2014, MAPS was awarded a $2 million grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to complete the study. The study has received full approval from the FDA, DEA, and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). The study began in January 2017 at Scottsdale Research Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.”

5 cannabis strains to treat PTSD:

1. OG Kush

OG Kush is a very popular indica-dominant hybrid strain for PTSD, depression and mood disorders. It’s characteristics include mellow indica-like body effects, but with an almost euphoric effect, like a sativa. This hybrid is effective for patients who suffer from multiple PTSD symptoms as it helps with both body and mind. Use it throughout the day and save your Indicas for nighttime. 

2. Blue Dream

Blue Dream is a hybrid that’s very popular because of the sativa-dominant attributes. For the past few years, Blue Dream has been the most popular strain throughout legal states across the United States. This strain is ideal for daytime use as it gives a relaxing yet happy effect. Patients suffering from the symptoms of PTSD (depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, mood disorders) will find Blue Dream to offer mood-boosting relief.

3. Blueberry

Blueberry is an indica with power as it’s great for a happy yet calming effect. It’s helpful to patients who want to increase their appetite.  It’s genetics link to Afghani (pure Indica strain) which may explain the relaxed effect most patients report feeling. PTSD can be draining on the body and the mind. Blueberry is an indica that will alleviate the debilitating symptoms and allow patients to feel relief from the tension and wound-up feeling often felt,

4. Bubba Kush 

The genetics lineage of this heavy indica strain stem from OG Kush and Afghani. If a patient is suffering from insomnia, this is the strain to use. Bubba gives patients a sedative effect yet with euphoria which allows the body and the mind to release the tension felt throughout the day. PTSD can affect all facets of life including sleep. Memories may repeat in a patient’s mind as they lie down to sleep. Without consistent deep sleep, other PTSD symptoms may be exacerbated. This strain will give patients the sleep they need to begin to function properly.

5. Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express has been reported to decrease anxiety in patients. This cannabis strain was made famous by the film with the same name, however Pineapple Express, in real life, helps patients suffering from PTSD. It’s know to help patients relax and find relief from their fears and anxiousness.  PTSD tells the mind lies and doesn’t allow patients to live in the moment, to unwind, to decompress. The THC content is around 20%, so patients may feel more productive or creative during their use of Pineapple Express.

It’s important to note that each strain may affect each patient uniquely. While there is a popular belief that Indica strains are the best treatment, a variety of genetics (Hybrid, Sativa, CBD) may alleviate the symptoms of PTSD. Speak to your medical marijuana physician and the well-trained staff at your local Medical Marijuana Treatment Center. 



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  1. Luis F. Theaux, Sr.

    I’m sure they’re very effective! The problem is access! I have not seen any of these names at my store! After all we’ve endured? Why is there a stock shortage?

  2. Sharon M.

    Excellent article with a breakdown of the cannabis strains useful for PTSD and their specific target, although could affect each individual differently.

    Thank you!