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Organic Remedies donates more than $22,000 to support Pennsylvania Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

Funds raised during company’s first annual PA CASA golf tournament support the important work of the Pennsylvania Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.

Organic Remedies, a medical marijuana cultivation and research organization based in south central Pennsylvania, has raised $22,008.40 to support the Pennsylvania Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. PA CASA is a state-wide nonprofit whose mission is to grow, strengthen, and unite local CASA programs so they can ensure the overall safety, well-being, and forever home of every abused and/or neglected child in Pennsylvania. Through supporting the existing network of affiliated local CASA programs, building new CASA programs, as well as providing training, technical assistance, and continuous quality improvement, PA CASA is able to offer abused and/or neglected children a better life.

More than 100 golfers, including business partners and other medical marijuana industry representatives, participated in the golf outing held at Carlisle Country Club on Sept. 23. Funds were raised through golf registrations and other golf activities. The company presented its $22,008.40 charity donation during a check presentation on Nov. 22 at Carlisle Country Club in Carlisle, Pa.

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(Left to Right) Eric Hauser, President, Organic Remedies; Ryan Simpson, CFO, Organic Remedies; Tammy Royer, COO, Organic Remedies; Jennifer DeBalko, CEO and President, PA CASA; Mark Toigo, CEO, Organic Remedies; Kelly Light, Former President, Board of Directors, PA CASA; Rick McBride, Facilities Director, Organic Remedies

“No child living on this earth should ever have to fear their life at home, questioning whether they will eat that day and/or be abused by family members. We are proud to support PA CASA in aiding children and giving them the chance to have a better life. We hope that our contribution can advance training and create new programs to help children secure a safe and permanent home,” said Mark Toigo, CEO, Organic Remedies.

"We are more than grateful for Organic Remedies and their significant contribution to support our mission ‘to grow, strengthen, and unite local CASA programs so they can ensure the safety, well-being, and forever home for every abused and/or neglected child in Pa.’ With 22 local programs serving 28 counties across the state, there is still much work to be done, and this donation will go a long way in advancing our training and creating new programs in Pennsylvania,” said Jennifer DeBalko, CEO and President, PA Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. “Thank you, Organic Remedies.”

Organic Remedies donates $20,000 to support Pennsylvania breast cancer survivors and their families

Funds raised during company’s third annual breast cancer campaign support the important work of the pennsylvania breast cancer coalition.

Organic Remedies, a medical marijuana cultivation and research organization based in south central Pennsylvania, has raised $20,000 to support the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. PBCC is a local nonprofit that supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy, and breast cancer research grants.

Organic Remedies’ month-long campaign in October raised funds through in-store donations offered by patients and by contributing a portion of the proceeds from select Organic Remedies brand medical marijuana products.  The company presented its $20,000 campaign donation during a check presentation on Nov. 16 at PBCC headquarters in Lebanon, Pa.

Presenting check to PA Breast Cancer Coalition
(Left to right) Jennifer Pensinger, Executive Director, PBCC; Kealey Glass, Communications Specialist, Organic Remedies; Mary Werdebaugh, Director, Community Outreach, Organic Remedies; Daniele Yanich, Community Outreach Coordinator, PBCC.

“Breast cancer affects thousands of women and their families in Pennsylvania each year. We are proud to support the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition in helping women currently battling breast cancer and hope that our contribution can help advance the research to find a cure for this tragic disease,” said Mark Toigo, CEO, Organic Remedies.consultations at all Organic Remedies dispensary locations.

During the campaign, Organic Remedies also provided a “pink” light show at its cultivation facility in Carlisle. The “Take Your Top Off for Breast Cancer” light show generated breast cancer awareness and increased donations.

The company’s LED lights, used in the cultivation of medical marijuana, created an impressive display in the night sky several weekends during the month.

“We are truly grateful to Organic Remedies for its significant contribution in support of our mission,” said PBCC Community Outreach Coordinator Daniele Yanich. “More than 14,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Pennsylvania this year alone. This gift will allow the PBCC to provide free care packages, personalized patient advocacy, educational programming, and breast cancer research grants across the state. Thank you, Organic Remedies, for bringing us closer to our ultimate goal of finding a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters don’t have to.

Cancer is one of 23 qualifying conditions approved by the PA Department of Health for medical marijuana therapy. Many women undergoing breast cancer treatment are finding relief through products available at Organic Remedies. For more information on medical marijuana therapies for those battling breast cancer, expert pharmacists are available for free consultations at all Organic Remedies dispensary locations.

ORGANIC REMEDIES WILL BE LIGHTING THE SKY PINK DURING ITS ANNUAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

The Company’s Third Annual Breast Cancer Campaign Supports the Important Work of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

CARLISLE, Pa. (Sept. 26, 2022)- Organic Remedies, a medical marijuana cultivation and research organization based in south central Pennsylvania, is proudly sponsoring the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. PBCC is a local nonprofit that supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy, and breast cancer research grants.

 

In recognition of the work that still needs to be done to eradicate breast cancer, Organic Remedies is removing the covers from the LED lights at its medical marijuana greenhouse in Carlisle, PA, to light the sky pink. This spectacular phenomenon will take place each evening in the month of October, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This visually stunning presentation has been approved by township officials. As the greenhouse light covers are removed, the night sky will glow a vibrant pink for approximately a 50-mile radius. While, the facility property is restricted to the public, many will be able to see this impressive display throughout the surrounding area.

Lighting up the Greenhouse for Breast Cancer Awareness

“Breast cancer affects thousands of women and their families in PA each year. We want to do our part to support women currently battling breast cancer and celebrate the heroic survivors who have won the fight,” said Mark Toigo, CEO, Organic Remedies. “Lighting the sky pink throughout the month not only demonstrates our commitment to this worthy cause, but it also brings awareness to all who see this vivid display and will hopefully help us to raise more funds to support women with breast cancer.”

Lighting up the Greenhouse for Breast Cancer Awareness
Lighting up the Greenhouse for Breast Cancer Awareness

In addition to lighting the sky pink each night through Oct., Organic Remedies is offering select products to patients with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit PBCC. Donation jars will also be available for patients to give a donation to support PBCC. Patients can also pick up informational materials about breast cancer and support services for those with breast cancer and their families in all Organic Remedies dispensary locations.

“We exist to help the 13,000 women in Pennsylvania who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, to support the families of the 2,200 women who will lose that battle and to serve as a resource for the hundreds of thousands more women currently living with the disease. Our mission is to find a cure for breast cancer now…so our daughters don’t have to,” said Daniele Yanich, Community Outreach Coordinator, PA Breast Cancer Coalition. “We are delighted to work with Organic Remedies again this year to raise funds to help breast cancer survivors and their families. Thank you, Organic Remedies.”

Cancer is one of 23 qualifying conditions approved by the PA Department of Health for medical marijuana therapy. Many women undergoing breast cancer treatment are finding relief through products available at Organic Remedies. For more information on medical marijuana therapies for those battling breast cancer, expert pharmacists are available for free consultations at all Organic Remedies dispensary locations.

About Organic Remedies

Organic Remedies is a life science organization committed to improving the overall wellness of patients by producing and dispensing affordable quality medical marijuana products while continuing the advancement of medical marijuana therapies through genetics, collaborative research, and superior patient care. Based in Carlisle, Pa., Organic Remedies cultivates and manufactures safe, effective medical marijuana products for certified Pennsylvania patients. Organic Remedies’ dispensaries are located in Chambersburg, Enola, N. Pittsburgh, S. Pittsburgh, Paoli, and York. Specially trained pharmacists and patient care consultants deliver a clinical approach for the utilization of medical marijuana that is patient-focused, collaborative and outcomes-based. For more information, visit  www.OrganicRemediesPA.com.

ORGANIC REMEDIES BRINGS UNIQUE MEDICAL MARIJUANA THERAPIES TO PATIENTS IN BETHEL PARK, PA

New Dispensary Provides Safe, Effective Therapies for Pittsburgh Patients Suffering with Serious Medical Conditions.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Apr. 13, 2022)- Organic Remedies, a medical marijuana cultivation and research organization based in south central Pennsylvania, is celebrating the upcoming opening of its sixth Pennsylvania dispensary at 5002 Library Rd., Bethel Park, PA. Organic Remedies President Eric Hauser, RPh., along with state and local dignitaries and medical marijuana advocates, cut the ceremonial ribbon during the Open House event on Wednesday, Apr. 13 at 12:00 p.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by local and state officials and hosted by South Hills Chamber of Commerce.

“We are proud to bring our unique brand of patient-focused healthcare to Pittsburgh patients,” said Eric Hauser, RPh., President, Organic Remedies. “Since 2018, we have been strongly focused on improving the health and wellness of Pennsylvania patients. With our newest dispensary in the greater Pittsburgh area, we are looking forward to helping even more patients realize the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana. We are also committed to becoming a vital member of the Bethel Park community by offering new employment opportunities, supporting local veterans’ organizations, participating in community outreach events, and giving back through charitable contributions.”

The Bethel Park dispensary is expected to officially open for business Monday, Apr. 18. Delivering affordable products for patients on a budget is important to Organic Remedies. The company offers patient discounts for seniors (60 and over), military veterans, and birthdays. In addition, Organic Remedies’ rewards program offers patients increased savings along with an annual 30% OFF discount that can be used at any time during the year. Curbside and inside service is available. CanPay is accepted as an alternative to cash transactions.

The Bethel Park dispensary is expected to officially open for business Monday, Apr. 18. Delivering affordable products for patients on a budget is important to Organic Remedies. The company offers patient discounts for seniors (60 and over), military veterans, and birthdays. In addition, Organic Remedies’ rewards program offers patients increased savings along with an annual 30% OFF discount that can be used at any time during the year. Curbside and inside service is available. CanPay is accepted as an alternative to cash transactions.

New patients can visit the company’s website at www.organicremediespa.com to learn more about products and services or to schedule a free pharmacist consultation. Once the dispensary is officially open for business, only patients with a valid Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana card may enter the dispensary.

 

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About Organic Remedies

Organic Remedies is a life science organization committed to improving the overall wellness of patients by producing and dispensing affordable quality medical marijuana products while continuing the advancement of medical marijuana therapies through genetics, collaborative research, and superior patient care. Based in Carlisle, Pa., Organic Remedies cultivates and manufactures safe, effective medical marijuana products for certified Pennsylvania patients. Organic Remedies’ dispensaries are located in Chambersburg, Enola, N. Pittsburgh, S. Pittsburgh, Paoli, and York. Specially trained pharmacists and patient care consultants deliver a clinical approach for the utilization of medical marijuana that is patient-focused, collaborative and outcomes-based. For more information, visit  www.OrganicRemediesPA.com.

INCREASED FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR ELIGIBLE MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS

Good news for patients and caregivers in the PA Medical Marijuana Program. As a patient, you may be eligible for a no-cost patient identification card. In addition, new or first-time caregivers in the MMJ program will no longer need to pay fees for background checks.

On March 1, the PA Department of Health implemented Phase 1 and 2 of the PA Medical Marijuana Assistance Program (MMAP). This program is a special fund created by the State Treasury to financially assist eligible patients in the Medical Marijuana program.

Initially, patients eligible for financial assistance received a 50-percent discount on their annual identification card; eligible caregivers received 65-percent discount on their background check fees.

With this new enhancement to the program, eligible patients and caregivers will no longer pay an annual card fee, and new caregivers will no longer pay background check fees.

Patients and caregivers registered in an existing state financial hardship program are eligible for MMAP. These programs include:

  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
  • PACE Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP)
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

What You Should Know About MMAP

  • If you are eligible for one of the state’s financial hardship programs, your identification card fee will be removed during the online process.
  • When you confirm you are participating in one of the state’s financial hardship programs, your fee will be reduced to $0, and no payment is required.
  • First-time caregivers will not be charged a fee for background checks when they visit the IdentoGo website to be fingerprinted.

The next phase of the MMAP program will provide a monetary benefit to eligible patients. The start date for Phase 3 has not yet been announced, but this next phase will give patients a pre-determined amount of funding for medications. We will keep you informed when there are more details to share.

For more information on MMAP, visit PA MMAP

Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Assistance Program (MMAP)

ORGANIC REMEDIES EXPANDS INTO EASTERN PA, OPENING STATE’S FIFTH DISPENSARY IN GREATER PHILADELPHIA AREA

New Dispensary Provides Safe, Effective Therapies for Philadelphia Patients Suffering with Serious Medical Conditions

CARLISLE, Pa. (January 28, 2022)- Organic Remedies, a medical marijuana cultivation and research organization based in south central Pennsylvania, is celebrating the upcoming opening of its fifth Pennsylvania dispensary at 1538 E. Lancaster Ave., Paoli, PA, 19301. Organic Remedies President Eric Hauser, RPh., along with state and local dignitaries and medical marijuana advocates, cut the ceremonial ribbon during the Open House event on Friday, Jan. 28 at 12:00 p.m.

“We are proud to bring our unique brand of patient-focused healthcare to patients in the greater Philadelphia region,” said Eric Hauser, RPh., President, Organic Remedies. “Since 2018, we have been strongly focused on improving the health and wellness of Pennsylvania patients. With this newest dispensary, we are looking forward to helping even more patients realize the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana. We are also committed to becoming a vital business partner in Paoli by offering new employment opportunities, supporting local veterans’ organizations, participating in community outreach events, and giving back to our communities through charitable contributions.”

The new Paoli dispensary will provide a wide selection of therapeutic products for patients suffering from qualifying health conditions, including the company’s own line of branded products. Organic Remedies’ state-of-the-art cultivation and manufacturing facility, located in Carlisle, PA, grows dozens of strains of premium medical marijuana and produces numerous forms of the plant for a variety of health conditions. Unique among its products are Elixirs, Nano HT and Nano-emulsion Capsules, which are all formulated using a proprietary technology creating water-based products that enhance bioavailability and may be easier for some patients to digest.

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The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by local and state officials and hosted by Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry.

The Paoli dispensary is expected to officially open for business Monday, Feb. 7. Curbside and inside service will be offered. New patients can visit the company’s website at www.organicremediespa.com to learn more about products and services or to schedule a free pharmacist consultation. Once the dispensary is officially open for business, only patients with a valid Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana card may enter the dispensary.

About Organic Remedies

Organic Remedies is a life science organization committed to improving the overall wellness of patients by producing and dispensing affordable quality medical marijuana products while continuing the advancement of medical marijuana therapies through genetics, collaborative research, and superior patient care. Based in Carlisle, Pa., Organic Remedies cultivates and manufactures safe, effective medical marijuana products for certified Pennsylvania patients. Organic Remedies dispensaries, located in Chambersburg, Enola, N. Pittsburgh, Paoli, and York, deliver a clinical approach for the utilization of medical marijuana that is patient-focused, collaborative and outcomes based. For more information, visit www.OrganicRemediesPA.com.

 

ORGANIC REMEDIES EXPANDS INTO WESTERN PA OPENING STATE’S FOURTH DISPENSARY IN GREATER PITTSBURGH AREA

New Dispensary Provides Safe, Effective Therapies for Pittsburgh Patients Suffering with Serious Medical Conditions.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Nov. 19, 2021)- Organic Remedies, a medical marijuana cultivation and research organization based in south central Pennsylvania, is celebrating the upcoming opening of its fourth Pennsylvania dispensary at 7402 McKnight Rd., Pittsburgh, Pa 15237. Organic Remedies President Eric Hauser, RPh., along with state and local dignitaries and medical marijuana advocates, cut the ceremonial ribbon during the Open House event on Fri., Nov. 19 at 12:00 p.m.

“We are proud to bring our unique brand of patient-focused healthcare to Pittsburgh patients,” said Eric Hauser, RPh., President, Organic Remedies. “Since 2018, we have been strongly focused on improving the health and wellness of Pennsylvania patients. With our newest dispensary in the greater Pittsburgh area, we are looking forward to helping even more patients realize the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana. We are also committed to becoming a vital member of Ross Township by offering new employment opportunities, supporting local veterans’ organizations, participating in community outreach events, and giving back to our communities through charitable contributions.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by local and state officials and hosted by the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The McKnight Road dispensary will host an Open House on Fri., Nov 19 and Sat., Nov 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to visit, tour the dispensary, and meet with the company’s specially trained pharmacists and staff. In addition, medical marijuana cultivators and manufacturers from around the state will be available to answer product questions.

Organic Remedies McKnight Road Pittsburgh

The McKnight Road dispensary is expected to officially open for business Fri., Nov. 26. New patients can visit the company’s website at www.organicremediespa.com to learn more about the services provided or schedule a free pharmacist consultation. Once the dispensary is officially open for business, only patients with a valid Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana card may enter the dispensary.

About Organic Remedies

Organic Remedies is a life science organization committed to improving the overall wellness of patients by producing and dispensing affordable quality medical marijuana products while continuing the advancement of medical marijuana therapies through genetics, collaborative research, and superior patient care. Based in Carlisle, Pa., Organic Remedies provides safe, effective medical marijuana therapies to patients in Pennsylvania. Organic Remedies delivers a clinical approach for the utilization of medical marijuana that is patient-focused, collaborative and outcomes-based. For more information, visit www.OrganicRemediesPA.com.

 

ORGANIC REMEDIES SURPASSES WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA CAMPAIGN GOAL; SPONSORING WREATHS TO HONOR FALLEN HEROES

CARLISLE, Pa. (Nov. 15, 2021)- Organic Remedies, a medical marijuana cultivation and research organization based in southcentral Pennsylvania, is proud to announce it has surpassed its goal in sponsoring 1000 wreaths to honor veterans laid to rest at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, PA. As a corporate sponsor of Wreaths Across America, Organic Remedies has been raising funds since Sept. 2021 to sponsor wreaths so that every veteran at the cemetery is remembered and honored for his/her sacrifice for our country.

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization with a mission of remembering fallen U.S. veterans, honoring those who serve and teaching children the value of freedom.

Organic Remedies CEO Mark Toigo said, “Our team has been passionate and actively engaged in raising funds to support this worthy cause. We are proud to be a part of this tribute to all who have served in this country’s past, regardless of faith, gender or race, so that we may prosper today.  We at Organic Remedies are behind many missions including mental health, cancer and veteran support. We feel our participation supporting Wreaths Across America is a civilized contribution towards our country, community and beyond.”

The company has been raising funds through a grassroots campaign, including emails and calls to donors. The organization is also collecting donations at its three dispensaries, located in Enola, York and Chambersburg, PA. In addition, Organic Remedies is offering to contribute a portion of the proceeds of its new product line of Nano-Emulsion Capsules.

While online donations for sponsoring wreaths for the Indiantown Gap cemetery have exceeded the company’s goal of sponsoring 1000 wreaths, Toigo said the campaign is not over yet, and the team will continue to push for donations as the Dec. 1 deadline approaches.

“There are more than 44,500 veterans buried at Indiantown Gap, and many more wreaths are needed so that every grave has a remembrance wreath this holiday season. We hope to continue to narrow the gap and encourage everyone to give to this cause in the next two weeks,” said Toigo.

National Wreaths Across America day is designated as Saturday, Dec. 18 at 12:00 p.m. Volunteers will gather at Indiantown Gap for an impactful ceremony to honor the fallen, after which the sponsored live wreaths will be placed at each grave. The fallen hero’s name will be stated aloud in a moment of remembrance. The public is invited to this memorable event.

Click here to sponsor a wreath at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

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Two is Often Better Than One

One thing you can always count on in the medical marijuana field is change. We are in a time of incredible advancement, development and innovative therapies involving cannabis. When perusing medical marijuana menus, you may come across a 1:1 product. This is usually a half and half combination of CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

The THC Component is Important

Combining THC with CBD is showing promising results. The University of Western Ontario showed in 2019 for the first time the molecular mechanisms of CBD at work, block the psychoactive side-effects of THC. Uncovering those “molecular mechanisms” in mice, allowed the team to isolate the reaction of those given a CBD/THC combination. They presented fewer anxiety behaviors and other negative side effects.

The National Institutes of Health reports the 1:1 combination of THC:CBD appears to allow for higher doses of THC without increasing the risk of adverse side effects. It appears that CBD acts to antagonize some of the psychoactive and sedative effects of THC without interfering with intended THC effects, such as muscle relaxation and reduction of spasticity.

I Don’t Want to get High, So Why the THC?

Organic Remedies COO and Pharmacist Tammy Royer says, “THC helps CBD bind to the receptors resulting in increased effectiveness of the CBD, while CBD lowers some of the euphoric effects of THC, without losing the value of THC. A one-to-one ratio has minimal euphoric effects, but can be very helpful for symptom relief for many qualifying conditions.”

Royer also points out an easy way for patients to open discussions about their treatment. All Organic Remedies products label the amounts of THC and CBD, “The higher the percentage of CBD to THC in a product, the less euphoria or psychoactive effect will be experienced,” says Royer.

CBD is beneficial as an anti-inflammatory, for nerve pain relief, and in relieving anxiety. Royer adds, “use of even minimal amounts of THC in a CBD product will mean greater levels of attachment to receptors and more relief, especially if taken regularly to saturate the receptors.”

Some Products to Consider

Organic Remedies offers several choices in a one-to-one formula, including Cherry CBD, Cherry CBD RSO, 1:1 Rest Tincture, and a 1:2 Cherry CBD Tincture.

Dialing in your own CBD:THC ratio and dose can have a learning curve, but Organic Remedies Patient Care Consultants and Pharmacists can help. Ultimately, the goal is finding the right ratio of CBD to THC.

Patients can start off adding 1mg of THC at a time with their normal CBD dose and slowly build up to a level that produces the best result. Organic Remedies Pharmacist Patrick Gladfelter says, “By titrating up slowly, the patient can determine an effective dose, while achieving the desired relief. At the same time, he or she can perform daily tasks with minimal unwanted side effects.”

While both compounds can help reduce symptoms, including inflammation, pain, anxiety, and nausea, the concentration of CBD:THC can affect the experience. Gladfelter says, “When choosing a product and initial dosing, in general, I base my recommendation on THC concentration to avoid unwanted side effects such as anxiety or euphoria. Then as CBD builds up during the 7to10-day loading phase, the synergy of THC and CBD really kicks in!”

Available research and anecdotal evidence show that CBD and THC are a complementary pair. Gladfelter adds, “As new information and data is collected, we are gaining a better understanding of cannabis and its many components. These two important cannabinoids not only work better together, but may also provide the same amount of relief, possibly better, with less euphoria compared to a THC product alone.”

Organic Remedies can help you find the right product and ratio depending on your preference.

An Organic Remedies pharmacist is always available to answer your questions!

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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Cannabis

A shocking, scary, or dangerous event can cause the body to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is natural to feel fear during and immediately after a traumatic situation. Split second decisions are made in the “fight or flight” response. But, when a person does not recover naturally from a trauma, the long-term effects can be devastating.

Step One: Talk to your Organic Remedies Pharmacist

If you have been diagnosed with PTSD and are considering medical marijuana therapy, Organic Remedies Pharmacist Shannon Ye says, “Information gathered from non-professional sources may not always provide the best results. Treatments can greatly differ among patients. Efficacy is closely tied to finding the appropriate dose and strains.”

While the most studied type of medications for treating PTSD are antidepressants, which may help control symptoms including sadness, worry, anger, and feeling numb inside, medical cannabis may also be helpful in alleviating many different symptoms as well. Other common problems associated with PTSD, that may be helped by medical cannabis, include loss of sleep and nightmares.

The National Institute of Mental Health says medical professionals and patients should work together to find the best medication or medication combination, as well as the right dose. Ye agrees that this is important with medical cannabis as well, saying, “For example, a dose too high in THC and pinene may worsen PTSD related symptoms therefore agitating anxiety and irritability. Having a traumatic experience from cannabis may not only worsen PTSD symptoms, but may also prevent a patient from trying cannabis again in the future.”

Individualized Therapy

The NIMH also recommends psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” for people with PTSD, but stresses every patient is different. What works for one, often does not work for another. “I always ask the patient about their goals of therapy and what dosage forms they may feel most comfortable using,” says Ye.  “Although more research is needed, there is evidence that supports cannabis alleviates difficult to treat symptoms of PTSD such as insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, and irritability. There is also evidence that cannabis can help a PTSD patient experience a "trigger" without an associated terror response.”

Not having that terror response to a particular “trigger” is key in treatment. Ye says, “The success in treating symptoms may be due to PTSD patients having changes in their endocannabinoid system. However, it is not realistic for patients to expect medical cannabis to cure their PTSD as it is not a substitute for conventional treatment.”

PTSD is Personal

PTSD diagnosis is based on many factors including re-experiencing symptoms, avoiding certain things, and changes in mood and cognition. With so many things to consider, both patient and pharmacist can work together to find a way to improve the quality of life.

Ye says every case is one-of-a-kind, “As an example, one of my recent patients I spoke to was suffering PTSD due to a car accident from 2 years ago. Ye says the symptoms were paralyzing, “They were experiencing anger that led to blackouts and anxiety that caused panic attacks when in a car. They have noticed significant improvement in managing PTSD symptoms since starting cannabis.”

Finding the Right Combo

Ye says finding a particular strain for PTSD patients is important but when she digs deeper into therapy, Ye finds hope in the terpenes. “It may be best to avoid strains high in pinene, as the alerting effects may be anxiety-provoking and memory-enhancing to past trauma. However, strains higher in linalool may be anxiolytic and calming.

With an Organic Remedies’ Pharmacist guidance, quality of life reports continue to improve with the help of cannabis. Ye’s patient from the car accident is getting results from a higher CBD strain during the day. “Any 1:1 (CBD/THC) may be a suitable option, especially during the day. Limonene is an uplifting, antidepressant terpene that may be preferable during the day as well.”

With quality of sleep ranking high in PTSD patients another treatment may help at night. Ye says, “higher THC indica-dominant "Kush" and "Purple" strains may be effective towards the evening in treating sleep disturbances.”

An Organic Remedies pharmacist is always available to answer questions.

RESOURCES

From National Institute of Mental Health:

  • Some factors that increase risk for PTSD include:
  • Living through dangerous events and traumas
  • Getting hurt
  • Seeing another person hurt, or seeing a dead body
  • Childhood trauma
  • Feeling horror, helplessness, or extreme fear
  • Having little or no social support after the event
  • Dealing with extra stress after the event, such as loss of a loved one, pain and injury, or loss of a job or home
  • Having a history of mental illness or substance abuse

Some factors that may promote recovery after trauma include:

  • Seeking out support from other people, such as friends and family
  • Finding a support group after a traumatic event
  • Learning to feel good about one’s own actions in the face of danger
  • Having a positive coping strategy, or a way of getting through the bad event and learning from it
  • Being able to act and respond effectively despite feeling fear

Free Brochures and Shareable Resources

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/helping-children-and-adolescents-cope-with-disasters-and-other-traumatic-events/

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/get-involved/education-awareness/shareable-resources-on-ptsd

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/index.asp

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/treat/txessentials/clinician_guide_meds.asp

https://medlineplus.gov/posttraumaticstressdisorder.html

 

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