More than a third of all U.S. states have passed laws making it legal to use the drug marijuana with a doctor’s prescription. Increasingly, one of the ailments that might lead to the issuance of such a prescription is posttraumatic stress disorder, widely known by the abbreviation PTSD. In a study slated for publication in October 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from three U.S. institutions investigated the common characteristics of people with PTSD who seek an initial prescription for medical marijuana. These researchers concluded that one key characteristic is an unusual level of involvement in the intake of certain other substances of abuse.
What happens in childhood can stay with an adult for the rest of their lives. This applies whether a childhood was filled with good and positive things or if it was full of adversity and traumatic events. When an adult has experienced both childhood adversity and traumatic events in adulthood, the impact is significant.