December 27, 2019 | Cope with PTSD
By, Lauraine Kanders, ANP, ACNP-BC
Cannabis is a powerful treatment tool, and it has grown in popularity over the past few years as its benefits for numerous medical conditions are becoming better understood. Many post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients in New York City are experimenting with new ways to ease their symptoms and discover a new way of life.
In early 2018, the New York State Health Department added PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use. Since that date, PTSD patients of every age and in every industry have been able to visit Lauraine Kanders, ANP, ACNP-BC, to receive the vital help that they need.
What Is PTSD?
PTSD occurs in patients after a violent, disturbing or life-threatening event. Some of the most common experiences PTSD patients have survived include natural disasters, military combat, sexual assault, near-death experiences or abuse. No patient has identical PTSD symptoms, which is why a versatile and effective treatment like medical marijuana is so critical. The three most common categories of symptoms are:
- Flashbacks: People with these symptoms often experience nightmares and re-living traumatic moments
- Avoidance: Some patients with PTSD go out of their way to avoid events, items and things that remind them of the trauma
- Sensitivity: Many PTSD patients have a heightened sense of arousal that can lead to mood swings and trouble focusing for extended periods of time
Medical cannabis can help with PTSD symptoms by:
- Reducing anxiety
- Improving mood
- Decreasing nightmares
- Assisting in sleep and easing insomnia
Helping Those With PTSD
One patient earlier this year, Jeremy (name changed for patient privacy), was weaning off medications that were negatively affecting his liver and that had “horrific side effects.” During his visit, Lauraine Kanders was “very patient and kind” and “answered all [his] concerns.” While Jeremy initially suffered with chronic lower back pain and PTSD, he now reports that his symptoms are almost completely gone. Patients with PTSD all deserve the same level of care that Jeremy received.
Another recent patient, Marie (name changed for patient privacy), appreciated how Medical Marijuana Recs NY allowed for online at-home medical consults. It’s easy to see the practitioner online from the comfort of your own home to “figure out the best treatment plan. Going to an office is literally a pain.”
Live the Life You Want with Help From Lauraine Kanders, ANP, ACNP-BC
To get the help for your PTSD that you need or to schedule an online appointment, visit our website or call us at (516) 570-7565. Lauraine Kanders offers you the opportunity to treat your symptoms of PTSD with medical marijuana safely and effectively by giving the best guidance. Live your best life with help from Lauraine Kanders.