Marijuana is a PTSD nightmare cure. At least in my case, and among a group of people I know who suffer from PTSD nightmares.
I have searched quite a bit, and as far as I can discern, the fact that marijuana can stop PTSD nightmares in their tracks is NOT generally known. This really must be corrected because there are, no doubt, millions of people out there, police, fire, military, and just the general population, who wake up every night from recurring nightmares, and they don’t know that marijuana would stop these traumatic dreams completely.
I have been trying to think of a way to get the word out to the public on the use of marijuana to stop PTSD nightmares, and this looks like a good place to try.
My story: I am a Vietnam veteran who served in Vietnam in 1968/1969. After I had been there almost a year, I was involved in an attack by the Viet Cong on the Marine Combat Base at Phu Bai, South Vietnam. It is not necessary to go into detail, just know that I thought I was about to be killed and went through all the trauma that this kind of thing can do to a person.
I obviously survived, and went on about my business, and then about two or three weeks after the incident, I started reliving this traumatic event every night in horrible nightmares. I didn’t think too much about it at the time. I thought this kind of thing was probably normal for someone who experiences such shocks to the mind. But as time went on, the constant nightmares really became debilitating.
Then, I was introduced to Vietnamese marijuana. And the nightmares quit. I still did not think much about it, thinking the nightmares had probably run their course, and did not connect the stopping of my nightmares with smoking marijuana.
I smoked marijuana steadily for a few years after that, and then decided to quit because I was trying to get a job that required a drug test. After I quit smoking, within just a week maybe two, my PTSD nightmares were back full-blown! It was like they never had stopped. It was really quite disturbing to realize that something inside me was causing me this kind of distress even these many years later.
I still did not connect the marijuana with having anything to do with my nightmares.
After I got the job, I started smoking marijuana again, and the nightmares stopped. But I still did not make the connection.
I continued for several more years, and then quit smoking again, and the nightmares came back with a vengeance! This time I finally made the connnection: When I smoked marijuana, I did not have nightmares at all, or hardly any dreams; when I did *not* smoke, I relived the same nightmare.
So I started talking to some friends who had PTSD and every one of them said that marijuana helped them the same way it helped me. Then I got the book “The Science of Marijuana” and right there in the first part of the book it stated that “marijuana prevented the mind from entering into R.E.M. sleep. Instead, the mind bypassed the dream stage, and went directly to the deeper sleep stage[parapharased].
This information needs to get out to the general public. This medical effect of marijuana on people who suffer from PTSD nightmares alone might be the thing that finally pushes the legalization battle across the goal line.
This information has to be important to millions. Sleep deprivation is one of the most debilitating things that can happen to a human being. Sleep deprivation caused by PTSD nightmares can be cured!!! Permanently!!! No nightmares, no waking up in the middle of the night, no sleep deprivation.
I do not know how much of a dose of marijuana it would take to trigger marijuana’s ability to stop PTSD nightmares. I, personally, would be classified as a heavy smoker of marijuana, but for all I know, a merinol capsule might do the trick.
I cannot say for certain because again, as far as I can determine, this issue is not even being studied by the medical community or the marijuana legalization community. I’m not even sure they are aware of the the potential of marijuana to stop PTSD nightmares.
It just blows my mind sometimes when I think that nobody knows about this PTSD cure, but then again, it took me, a marijuana smoker, who should be more familiar with it than most, years, before I made the connection, so maybe it is not so strange.
Bottom Line: If you or a loved one are having PTSD nightmares and want them to stop, you should try some marijuana. Your first good nights sleep will be like Heaven.
If you are reluctant to try marijuana, I certainly understand, but it most certainly works for me and others I know, and you may not have to take much to get the desired effect. And marijuana is probably the most benign drug you can take.
Everything is a tradeoff. You will have to be the judge of what is best for you…