Can Medical Marijuana Decrease Aggression?

According to research done by Dutch scientists from Maastricht University, cannabis can be used to reduce feelings of anger and hostility provoked by alcohol. Participants in the study were regular users of both alcohol and marijuana who, on average, consumed about 24 units of alcohol a week and used cannabis products 4.8 times a week. For the analysis, scientists measured participants’ testosterone and cortisol levels while they were under the influence of either substance. Likewise, they were measured while under the effect of a placebo to determine the intensity of their aggression while not under the influence of either substance.

The result showed alcohol intoxication increased subjective aggression in the alcohol group, while the cannabis group experienced a reduction in subjective aggression during consumption of the drug. The study shows those who suffer from the adverse impact of alcohol can use marijuana as a tool to calm nerves.

This finding could have astounding effects on those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a condition that develops in some individuals who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. For example, many soldiers who have come back from deployment experience PTSD as a result. According to studies, up to 75% of those who have survived abuse or violent trauma report drinking problems. For soldiers who experienced long-term injuries, alcohol problems are even higher. Around 60% to 80% of Vietnam Veterans seeking PTSD have alcohol use problems. Therefore, these same individuals are at an increased risk of exhibiting alcohol-related aggression.

People suffering from PTSD often turn to alcohol to self-medicate. It can distract them from their problems for a short time. However, using too much alcohol can make it harder for them to cope with the stress of trauma memories. PTSD also makes people more liable to emotional upheavals, such as increasing feelings of isolation, anger, irritability, depression, and being on guard. Alcohol can exacerbate this situation.

In the state of New Jersey, people suffering from PTSD who haven’t responded to more traditional treatments can obtain a medical marijuana prescription. Because of the findings linking cannabis use to decreased aggression levels, people suffering from PTSD who also have alcohol-related bouts of aggression might be able to use the plant to ease their suffering.

If you or a loved one are suffering from PTSD, consult our skilled New Jersey medical marijuana doctor about a cannabis prescription. An experienced physician can determine whether THC might be an effective way to treat your anxiety and aggression symptoms. While cannabis cannot reverse the damage done by PTSD, it can help provide relief from the severe anxiety that accompanies the disorder.

Come to New Jersey Alternative Medicine to talk to us about your case. Our practice is one of New Jersey’s leading providers of alternative medical care, and we are registered under the state Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP). Our team can prove compassionate care to patients diagnosed with a variety of medical conditions. Let us see what we can do for you.

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