Treating Post-Traumatic Stress
with Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana Awareness Post-Webinar Resources

Treating Post-Traumatic Stress with Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana Awareness Post-Webinar Resources

The Webinar

Thank you to everyone who attended the March 10th Medical Marijuana Awareness webinar on Post-Traumatic Stress and Medical Marijuana!

Watch the video on our YouTube Channel! Your questions and comments during the live Q&A helped to make a great source of information for the next person seeking treatment.

Speakers featured in this webinar were host Marc Matoza and Chelsea Millsaps, Regional Sales Manager in SW Florida, MÜV by AltMed Florida.

Ongoing Education

We’ve partnered with medical marijuana education experts to provide you further resources on the topic of post traumatic stress and medical marijuana.

Click an item from the index below to skip to that section.


Overview: What is Post Traumatic Stress?

  • Medical Marijuana 101 Patient Education Packet
  • MMTCFL Post Traumatic Stress Resources
  • How Medical Cannabis Helps With Post Traumatic Stress

Materials from the Webinar

  • View the slides from the live presentation
  • How CBD Oil Affects Chronic Pain and Inflammation with Thomas DeLauer
  • Weed (Parts 1-4) with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Cannachats Recommended Reading

  • Post Traumatic Stress & Medical Marijuana
  • Basics of Medical Marijuana in Florida

Meet the Speakers

Marc Matoza

Marc Matoza

President, Marijuana Med Today

Marc is a technology and business development manager with expertise in technology, database, cybersecurity, and online/web/mobile computing. As an inventor, computer scientist, and entrepreneur, he has developed innovative tech products including a leading relational database, multiple digital multilingual dictionaries, a digital bilingual reference/grammar-checking word processing add-on, golf [sports] swing video capture & analysis solutions, and certified safe anti-microbial environments.

Marc’s multinational background includes technology and corporate management experience with Hewlett Packard, Netscape Communications, Ashton-Tate, AlphaGraphics SA, MarcTech SA/LLC, and Swing Solutions. This includes managing operations in Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the USA. He has a Computer Science Degree from California Polytechnic State University.

Chelsea-Elizabeth Millsaps

Guest Speaker on Post-Traumatic Stress
Regional Sales Manager in SW Florida,  MÜV™ by AltMed Florida

Chelsea-Elizabeth Millsaps is a Regional Sales Manager for MÜV™ by AltMed. She oversees physician education, community education, sales, and special events in SW Florida.

Chelsea’s background includes a career in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industries with a focus on business growth and both national and international development. Her focus in the pharmaceutical industry was targeting and educating specialty providers who would benefit from having a pharmacy in their offices. After identification, education, and contact execution her team would deploy and begin opening turn-key, provider-owned specialty pharmacies onsite for these specialty doctors. The depth of knowledge required her to know and understand the pharmaceuticals that best treated patients across many specialties including; Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, Dermatology, Oncology, and Urology. Her focus in Biotech was Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Specialties as well as Clinical Trials and Stem Cell Research.

Chelsea spends her free time consulting private practice owners and providers in Aesthetics and Natural Medicine. She received her degrees from The University of TN Knoxville and Covenant University.

What is Post Traumatic Stress?

Overview by

Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinics of Florida

PTS is a common, normal, and often adaptive response to experiencing a traumatic or stressful event. Your heart may race, hands shake, you may sweat or feel afraid and nervous.


PTSS is a clinically-diagnosed condition.

Common symptoms include reliving a traumatic event through nightmares, flashbacks, or constantly thinking about it. Although some of these symptoms sound similar to PTS, the difference is the duration and intensity


See Also from MMTCFL:

While research into cannabis as a treatment for PTSD is still sparse, large numbers of PTSD patients themselves report that it helps with both the primary symptoms of the condition and secondary side effects including anxiety and sleep disturbances.

Furthermore, because cannabis triggers body receptors that regulate memory, some researchers are looking at ways medical cannabis could help the brain “overwrite” traumatic memories.

The Florida Atlantic University College of Nursing is conducting a study to better understand the health impact of medical marijuana in older adults. If you are 60 or older, please consider taking this survey and assisting in their research! Click here to take the survey.

Continued Education and Awareness Resources

Materials from the Webinar

“Cytokines are signaling proteins that ultimately recruit inflammation to happen. Cytokines will trigger specific immune cells to release inflammation or actually even reduce inflammation, given the right circumstances. […] CBD actually modulates the cytokine production.”

Weed (Parts 1-3)

CNN Documentary | Dr. Sanjay Gupta, 2013-2015

Weed (Part 4)

CNN Documentary | Dr. Sanjay Gupta, 2016

Dr. Sanjay Gupta‘s enterprise reporting on medical marijuana has led to five documentary films, “Weed,” which were awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

Cannachats Recommended Reading

Post Traumatic Stress & Medical Marijuana

Cannabinol Regulation of Emotion and Emotional Memory Processing: Relevance for Treating Anxiety-Related and Substance Abuse Disorders

J.L.C. Lee, L.J. Bertoglio, F.S. Guimaraes, and C.W. Stevenson (2017). British Journal of Pharmacology, doi:10.1111/bph.13724

A review of medical marijuana for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder: Real symptom re-leaf or just high hopes?

Shishko, I., Oliveira, R., Moore, T. A., & Almeida, K. (2018). The mental health clinician8(2), 86–94. doi:10.9740/mhc.2018.03.086

Cannabidiol as a Therapeutic Alternative for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: From Bench Research to Confirmation in Human Trials

Bitencourt, R. M., & Takahashi, R. N. (2018). Frontiers in neuroscience12, 502. doi:10.3389/fnins.2018.00502

Basics of Medical Marijuana in Florida


Medical Marijuana Patient Education Packet
Medical Marijuana Awareness Webinars, in partnership with MMTCFL

Office of Medical Marijuana Use
Florida Department of Health |


Florida Medical Marijuana Patient Application
Click to Download from the Office of Medical Marijuana Use

Medical Marijuana Patient Webinars

Cannabis 101 with Leafly | Cannabis 101

Suncoast NORML

Supplemental Research

Cannabis and Pain: A Clinical Review

Hill, K.P., Palastro, M.D., Johnson B., & Ditre, J. (2017). Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. Vol 2.1, DOI: 10.1089/can.2017.0017

Animal Models of Fear Relapse

T.D.  Goode, S. Maren, ILAR J 2014;55:246-58.

Cannabis Pharmacology

Ethan B. Russo, et al., Advances in Pharmacology (2017 in press)

CBD A Patients Guide to Medical Cannabis: Healing without the High

 Leinow, L. & Birnbaum, J. (2017). Pg. 154-157

The Cannabis Health Index. Pgs. 337-342

Blesching, U. (2015)

Bidirectional switch of the valence associated with hippocampal contextual memory engram

Redondo, Roger L., Josuha Kim, Autumn L. Arons, Steve Ramirez, Xu Liu, and Susumu Tonegawa. (2014).  Nature 513(7518):426-30. Doi:10.1038/nature13725

Cannabis Pharmacy: The practical guide to medical marijuana

Backes, M. Weil, A. McCue, J.D. (2017). 

PTSD: Is Cannabis and Viable Treatment? Health Lab by Zana Medical

Hart, M., Kossen, J. (2017)

Elevated brain cannabinoid CB1 receptor availability in post-traumatic stress disorder: a positron emission tomography study

Neumeister, A., Normandin, M. D., Pietrzak, R. H., Piomelli, D., Zheng, M. Q., Gujarro-Anton, A., … Huang, Y. (2013). Molecular psychiatry, 18(9), 1034–1040. doi:10.1038/mp.2013.61

Chronic PTSD in Vietnam Combat Veterans: Course Illness and Substance Abuse

J. Douglas Bremner, S.M. Southwick, A. Darnell, and D.S. Charney, American Journal of Psychiatry 153, no. 3 (1996): 369-75

“New Uses for the Old Hemp Plant”, Marijuana

Ernest L Abel, (1980), 105-21; and Cristobal Acosta, Tratado de las drogas y medicinas de las Indias Orientales… (Editorial MAXTOR, 2005

Endogenous Cannabinoid Signaling is Essential for Stress Adaptation

Matthew N. Hill, R.J. McLaughlin, B. Bingham, L. Shrestha, T.T. Lee, J.M. Gray, C.J. Hillard, B.B Gorzalka, V. Viau, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107, no. 20 (2010):9406-11.

Medical Cannabis and Mental Health: A Guided Systematic Review

Zach Walsh, et al., Clinical Psychology Review 51(2017): 15-29

PTSD Symptom Reports of Patients Evaluated for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program

George R. Greer, Charles S. Grob, and Ada L. Halberstadt, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 46.1 (2014):73-77.

The Genetic Structure of Marijuana and Hemp

Sawler, J., Stout, J.M., Gardner, K.M., Hudson, D. Vidmar, J., Butler, L., Page, J.E., and Myles, S. (2015). PLOS ONE; DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.01332927

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