Medical Marijuana For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Patients with PTSD Qualify for Medical Marijuana in West Virginia

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe, and often chronic, mental health condition. By changing the way your brain processes memories and emotions, medical marijuana provides relief to many people who experience PTSD. 


Medical marijuana is legal in West Virginia, and the program for in-state production and distribution is set to kick-off this year. After obtaining a West Virginia medical marijuana card, qualifying patients can possess a 30 day supply of various forms of cannabis and will be among the first to benefit from future reform efforts. 


If you’re experiencing PTSD, or simply think you might be, it’s worth it to schedule an evaluation and see if medical marijuana is a good fit for you.

What are the Risk Factors for Developing PTSD? 

PTSD occurs when a person experiences ongoing psychological trauma long after a threatening situation has passed. Women, war veterans, and victims of physical or sexual violence are most likely to develop PTSD. 


Additional PTSD risk factors include:


  • Death of a loved one

  • Serious illness

  • Natural disasters

  • Abusive childhoods 

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Get Your West Virginia Medical Marijuana Card

in Four Easy Steps!

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Step 1

Schedule an appointment online or by calling us at (877) 303-8424.

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Step 2
Submit your patient form, State ID, medical records and make your payment.
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Connect with our doctor using your phone, computer or tablet.

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Step 4

Receive your West Virginia Marijuana Card and access dispensaries to purchase product!

What are the Signs and Symptoms of PTSD? 

When a person is living with PTSD, three classic symptoms are usually present: 


  • Avoiding situations and people that trigger traumatic memories

  • Feeling on-guard at all times

  • Replaying traumatic memories through nightmares and flashbacks.


Meanwhile, the following behaviors are also signs of PTSD:

  • Depression

  • Feeling disconnected from friends or family

  • Guilt

  • Substance abuse

  • Chronic pain or fatigue

  • Risky behaviors

  • Insomnia

  • Frequent headaches

  • Loss of enjoyment of actives you used to engage in regularly


It’s common to treat PTSD with antidepressants and talk therapy. However, PTSD sufferers say cannabis helps the most. Recent studies support the idea that medical marijuana can be effective at alleviating PTSD symptoms, especially when combined with therapy. 


How Can Medical Marijuana Help West Virginia PTSD Patients?

Medical marijuana promotes a general sense of well-being while combating PTSD in two key ways. 


  1. Cannabis consumption reduces activity in the amygdala, the brain region associated with processing fears and threats. When amygdala activity slows in someone with PTSD, feelings of being threatened lessen in both frequency and severity.  


  1. Through a process that Yale professor R. Andrew Sewell calls “extinction learning,” medical marijuana can actually help PTSD patients rewire their thoughts so that traumatic memories are no longer as influential and accessible. 


How Can PTSD Patients Get Approved for a Marijuana Card in West Virginia? 


Even though no part of becoming a medical marijuana patient should be stressful, our compassionate team at West Virginia Marijuana Card understands that cannabis laws can be confusing. We clarify the process by: 


  • Setting up an initial consultation.

  • Locating past medical records. 

  • Filing your registration documents.

  • Securing your West Virginia marijuana card.

  • Renewing your West Virginia marijuana card. 

  • Providing long-term support regarding safe use of medical marijuana. 

Contact us today, and take an important step toward relieving PTSD symptoms by legally obtaining your West Virginia medical marijuana card.

We are here to help!