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PTSD: BEYOND THE MILITARY

January 12, 2017
Allan Frankel, MD

When most of us think of PTSD, our first thought is of military members injured or traumatized in the battlefield. But, PTSD includes individuals that are assault victims, involved in accidents, witnessed traumatic events and even experienced holiday stress. It has been reported that Kim Kardashian is suffering symptoms of PTSD after she was assaulted in Paris.

PTSD: Beyond the Military

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The primary symptoms of PTSD can be mild, moderate or severe and may include the following: Alcohol or Drug Problems, Anger and Irritability, Chronic Pain, Confusion, Difficulty Concentrating, Dizziness, Eating Problems, Feeling on Edge, Feelings of Hopelessness, Flashbacks, Gambling, Guilt, Headaches, Loss of Interest or Pleasure, Nightmares, Noise or Light Irritation, Reckless Behavior, Relationship Problems, Social Withdrawal / Isolation, Stress and Anxiety, and Trouble Sleeping

There are several conventional treatments for PTSD. Studies have been conducted using MDMA as well as a planned study using smoked cannabis.

PTSD and Cannabis

I have treated a dozen or so patients with PTSD. I have successfully addressed their chief complaint, reducing the severity of their PTSD and any co-conditions. I’ve recently treated an auto accident concussion patient, who in addition to their concussion related issues, has many PTSD symptoms. We are making very good progress in their treatment and have mostly resolved all their issues over the past year.

The most common PTSD symptoms, anxiety, depression, insomnia, heightened awareness and pain, can all be dealt with very well using varying ratios and dosages of cannabis medicines. One key to treating PTSD, is to begin treatment right away and continue with medication and psychological therapy as needed.

If you’re suffering from symptoms of PTSD and would like to consider medicinal cannabis therapy, please call my office at 310-393-0640 to set up a consultation.

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Have you experienced PTSD personally

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 24, 2017 3:21 pm

Assuming you are asking me, I would say that my early childhood was very traumatic living with two parents who were concentration camp survivors. I believe that my years of Nazi nightmares and severe anxiety were a result of growing up in that environment. CBD has been a great help to myself and others in my family.

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Have you personally experienced PTSD Doc?

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Why has my question been deleted 2x?

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 24, 2017 3:38 pm

I never delete questions. I am not sure what happened. Anyway, I have answered this question twice in the past hour, but here is my answer. 🙂

I would say that my early childhood was very traumatic living with two parents who were concentration camp survivors. I believe that my years of Nazi nightmares and severe anxiety were a result of growing up in that environment. CBD has been a great help to myself and others in my family.

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Allan Frankel, MD
January 24, 2017 3:37 pm

I would say that my early childhood was very traumatic living with two parents who were concentration camp survivors. I believe that my years of Nazi nightmares and severe anxiety were a result of growing up in that environment. CBD has been a great help to myself and others in my family.

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My Daughter In-Law suffers from PTSD. She has a Medical M. Card….and smokes upto $700.00 worth of weed a month. Her Behavior is out of control. Would she be able to switch to a different delivery of cannabis, and get better results and behavior? This is killing our family. Rather than break up a family, I would love to see some healing.

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Allan Frankel, MD
February 11, 2017 2:17 pm

I am not someone against using “weed”. However, when family members see how the patient in their family is spiraling out of control, it is generally possible to switch to dosed cannabis and spend a lot less money. This is a situation that I believe I can help with. Since she already has a “card”, I would suggest a phone consultation with me, or if possible an in person consultation would most likely be of help

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Jack Wilborn
June 3, 2017 8:51 am

I have an AICD (Automatic Internal Cardiac Defibrillator) and it used to go off (shock me, about 800 volts) about once a month. Now it’s down to once a year (fingers crossed.) Last year I developed PVC (extra heartbeats), which feel very much like pre-AICD shock. I’ve been diagnosed with PTSD because of the continuous stress of the AICD firing. The marijuana helps, but it seems to exacerbate my PVC’s. Maybe being more focused, or?

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 3, 2017 3:15 pm

Stick with CBD. I would AVOID THC

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Retired, 100% disabled Vet, PTSD, renal cell CA with nephrectomy, metz to brain…can you recommend POC in midwest area for CBD treatment? About 4 hours from Co 🙂 Thanks!

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 12, 2017 2:05 pm

If you are able to drive to Colorado, I would begin with a phone consult with me, decide what meds to get and we can help you find some oils in Co that we can help you “mix” to create good dosed medicine. Consider a phone consult, 310-393-0640

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Pamela Hammond
June 13, 2017 4:47 am

I’ve just watched the 6th of 7 episodes about the sacred Plant. I live in AL, how can I get this? I’m on fixed retirement & suffer w MVP w dysautonomia, Hoshimotos Hypothyroiditis, Sleep apnea on a CPAP, PTSD, Depression, Adrenal exhaustion & my doc wants to add DM2 w HgA1C 6.9… What should I look for species & doseage? I live in the country & can probably grow my own. Can you direct me to a source. I live in AL

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 14, 2017 4:32 pm

I would consider a phone consultation with me. Generally, we can help folks figure a way to obtain the medicine. Also, there are seeds available around the world if you know how to grow and differentiate males and females. It is not legal to grow in Al, but….

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I have severe PTSD and severe lower back pain from 3 herniated discs and also severe hip pain. I’ve started CBD hemp oil (I’m in TN so medical marijuana is not legal) and so far the cbd has been the most effective medicine for PTSD that I’ve tried. It’s life changing. It’s not delivering effective physical pain relief, though. I’ve read not to take other anti-inflammatories while taking cbd oil, as the oil thins the blood and so do most pain meds. Is there anything you can suggest that is safe to take for pain along with cbd oil? Herbal? Supplement? OTC medicine? Or something I can discuss with my doc? I’m going to ask about a lidocaine cream at my next doc visit.

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P.S.
Thank you for acknowledging in this article that PTSD is not a disorder that is limited to combat veterans. The majority of PTSD sufferers are non-military and are women.

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Allan Frankel, MD
June 16, 2017 5:45 am

It is not correct that you cannot use Anti inflammatories and cannabis. Also, cannabis does not thin the blood. If you have some solid data or reviewed articles that say differently, I would love to have the references. Taking even 1/2 Advil twice daily with CBD can improve pain control.

The bigger problem is that hemp cbd oil is not very effective at all. You might consider a phone consult? 310-393-0640

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