Receiving Alternative Treatment for PTSD

Note: The information given on this page is not medical advice and should not be relied on in this way. Individuals wanting medical advice on this issue should consult a health professional.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be extremely debilitating for those experiencing it in their day-to-day lives. This condition typically comes around after extreme stress or a traumatic event. Also referred to as “shell shock” in the past, it’s a widely diagnosed condition, especially for combat veterans or people who have been victim to sexual abuse.

Chronic anxiety and trauma, whether brought on by a particular incident or a series of traumatic events, is a debilitating condition for many Australians. In fact, studies suggest that 12% of the population experiences this form of stress in their lifetime.

Patients who are diagnosed with PTSD spend 10 times the amount of time in hospital than those with diagnosed depression only. And while this type of medical help is always available, recent changes to Australia’s legal system have created an opportunity for natural treatments to be administered, which can help Australians with PTSD alleviate symptoms like stress and anxiety.

Is medicinal cannabis prescribed for people experiencing PTSD?

Numerous studies have been conducted around the efficacy of using medicinal cannabis for PTSD. It’s understood that the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant can interact with the endocannabinoid system in a way that lowers anxiety, enhances relaxation, encourages a better sleep and decreases your physical/emotional response to stressful memories.

The purpose of prescribing medicinal cannabis for PTSD is to manage and alleviate the symptoms associated with the condition; not to cure the condition itself. As such, your medical practitioner may also recommend seeking further medical support through mental health systems (like a psychologist) to complement your prescribed treatment.

It’s worth noting that medicinal cannabis therapy is not right for everyone – Balnce’s doctors will determine the most suitable treatment option for you.

Book a telehealth appointment online at Balnce

Balnce uses telehealth services to connect doctors with people experiencing PTSD, along with other conditions such as chronic paininsomniaepilepsy and migraines. The doctors assess your condition and prescribe the most appropriate treatment for the symptoms you are experiencing. Balnce’s doctors are experienced in prescribing medicinal cannabis.

During your online telehealth consultation, the doctor will ask you questions about your medical history to gain a clear understanding of your chronic condition. Feel free to ask questions throughout the consultation process – Balnce telehealth services are confidential.

Ready for your consultation? Balnce’s team of GPs are available 24/7 with same day appointments – book online now.

Access to medical cannabis