Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that cripples a person’s mental health. Anxiety, depression, drug abuse and a damaged social life take their toll on millions of Americans every year. While many conventional treatments are available, medical marijuana and cannabis treatments like CBD (Cannabidiol) from hemp, have become viable options to help those suffering from PTSD.
Although the current evidence for cannabis’ effectiveness at treating PTSD is largely anecdotal, attitudes about the drug have caused researchers to start looking into it as a viable alternative. While medical marijuana is certainly no substitute for psychological therapy, it definitely reduces a lot of the superficial symptoms of PTSD, helping many people lead better lives. If you happen to suffer from this disorder, it helps to know what cannabis can do to make your life better.
How it Works
Marijuana, and CBD oil derived from hemp have reportedly helped a lot of patients with PTSD deal with some of the symptoms. A recent investigation by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies revealed that PTSD leads to lower levels of anandamide, which is a type of cannabinoid receptor. In short, it’s a form of internal cannabis that we naturally produce. By supplementing this lack of anandamide with marijuana, or CBD from hemp, it essentially helps fill the gap created by PTSD, alleviating symptoms in the process.
Many PTSD sufferers have to deal with the memories of their trauma, often to the point where it becomes an obsession. These constant flashbacks and reminders are extremely unpleasant, to say the least. Fortunately, those who used cannabis as a way to deal with such recollections found the drug quite effective.
Generally, users have reported that the effects of marijuana help set these memories aside. They can experience them without the ill effects associated with triggering traumatic mental images.
Because the effects of PTSD are so powerful, stress is an inevitable consequence. With this comes a release of powerful hormones meant to stimulate us into the classic “fight or flight” state; unfortunately, this makes sleep virtually impossible.
Because cannabis has a powerful sedative effect, it’s useful for people who would otherwise have difficulty falling asleep. Proper rest is critical for a healthy brain, let alone one dealing with PTSD, and CBD from hemp is showing to be better for this affliction than even marijuana.
Chronic stress often leads to anxiety, so it’s no surprise that those with PTSD suffer accordingly. Conventional medications can be effective, but the unpleasant side effects are well known.
Marijuana, and hemp, are both rich in cannabidiol (CBD) and helps alleviate anxiety by generating a feeling of relaxation, without the mental impairment. It’s important to note that cannabis with a high concentration of the psychoactive chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can actually make anxiety worse, and that’s why most people prefer the equally effective but non-psychoactive THC free CBD from hemp. Marijuana strains with high levels of THC need to be avoided in this case.
It’s an unfortunate reality that many people turn to narcotics or alcohol in an effort to numb the pain. While this might be superficially effective to an addict, it gradually erodes his or her health and quality of life.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that recovering addicts who used marijuana to alleviate withdrawal symptoms were far less likely to relapse. While there are still questions if this is a “miracle cure”, these findings are certainly promising.
PTSD is a debilitating condition that nobody deserves to experience. Considering the destructive feelings and behaviors that patients often deal with, the benefits of medical cannabis and CBD shouldn’t be overlooked. In fact, you can go here to look at a detailed article we recently wrote on CBD