About PTSD

In recent years, post-traumatic stress disorder has gained more public awareness and has been associated with veterans of war and medical marijuana reform. However, PTSD can affect anyone who experiences trauma, life-threatening or not. People who experience or witness military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, and physical and sexual abuse can all experience stress disorder.

 

PTSD is a mental disorder that occurs after experiencing, or even just witnessing, a serious trauma or life-threatening event. An estimated 70 percent of people in the U.S. have experienced at least one traumatic event, and 20 percent of those reportedly struggle with PTSD symptoms.

 

People who suffer PTSD will have problems with anxiety, stress, and depression, as well as with outbursts of anger or emotional problems. Memories and flashbacks, or upsetting nightmares about traumatic events are frequent. Sufferers may avoid remembering events, places, and people associated with their trauma. Negatively oriented mood swings and irritability are also common to PTSD.

 

What Causes PTSD

Some individuals are at higher risk of developing PTSD. As with most mental health disorders, scientists aren’t exactly sure of the exact pathogenesis and root cause of the condition, however, key factors have been identified as triggers. Studies show that one’s job can be a trigger of PTSD.

 

Military personnel, police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical first responders are careers with the highest rates of PTSD. Life stress, trauma, and genetic predispositions play a role in the onset of the disorder. Personal or family history of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders increases the risk of developing the condition. Sexual and physical abuse can cause PTSD, especially in children. Mental health, substance abuse issues, and one’s support systems are all vital to understanding the cause of an individual’s PTSD, and how to treat it.

 

Normal Treatments for PTSD

Traditional treatments for PTSD include various forms of talk therapy, or psychotherapy, and medications. Trauma-focused psychotherapies include Prolonged Exposure, which brings patients to face negative feelings and involves talking about the trauma. Cognitive Processing Therapy teaches patients to reframe negative thoughts about trauma through dialogue and writing. Another therapy called eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing involve calling the trauma to mind while focusing on an object moving back and forth, which sounds a bit like hypnosis.

 

There are other psychotherapies such as stress inoculation training, present-centered therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy available, and are similar to meditative and mindful practices. Many with PTSD have difficulties beyond talk therapies and are quite frequently prescribed antidepressants and antianxiety drugs to cope with posttraumatic symptoms of stress, anxiety, irritability, and depression.

 

Antidepressants have severe adverse effects that can worsen symptoms of PTSD causing anxiety, agitation, and insomnia. They also cause weight gain and sexual dysfunction, and in children, they can severely increase the risk of depression and suicidal thoughts. Other adverse effects include liver damage, and heart and blood pressure issues.

 

Anxiety medications, such as benzodiazepine-based drugs, are often given to PTSD patients. They numb anxiety at first, but quickly lose efficacy causing dependency and addiction. Fatal overdose, severe intoxication, violent mood swings, and depression are all associated with benzodiazepines. Individuals who stop taking anxiety medications can have severe withdrawal even after only 1 month of use. Patients have often prescribed more antidepressant drugs to mediate the unwanted effects of other pharmaceuticals.

 

Too often, PTSD patients and some 1 in 5 U.S. adults suffering mental health disorders are in a zombie-like emotional coma thanks to a pharma-cocktail of meds, which they become addicted to, and suffer dependence, as well physical and mental problems that end up worsening or deepening PTSD and other mental health conditions.

 

How Medical Marijuana Can Help PTSD

Recent research may point to why benzodiazepines don’t really help alleviate PTSD and why cannabis does. Researchers discovered that benzodiazepines aren’t actively binding to specialized [receptors] in patients that help modulate symptoms of PTSD.

 

In a recent review of the clinical and neurobiological evidence that suggests cannabis extracts ability to mitigate PTSD symptoms, researchers articulately describe why PTSD sufferers, and those with other conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and Alzheimer’s disease, are experiencing a safe and effective reduction of their symptoms from cannabis. They write,

 

“… Cannabis can dampen the emotional impact of traumatic memories through synergistic mechanisms that might make it easier for people with PTSD to rest or sleep and to feel less anxious and less involved with flashback memories.”

 

The hypothalamus and limbic structures of the brain host stress-sensitive nuclei that have specialized endocannabinoid-signaling systems. Researchers suggest that the presence of endocannabinoid receptors in the brain, and body, points to the significance of the system in regulating neuroendocrine and behavioral responses to stress.

 

Essentially, whole-plant cannabis-derived [phytocannabinoids] is a natural homeopathic type of medicine that works to activate the body’s innate systems of health and wellness. It’s important to note that, for people with mental health issues, high doses of cannabis’s psychoactive compound [THC] can trigger anxiety. [CBD], the second most prevalent active compound in cannabis, can actually counter the unwanted effects of THC, and some medical marijuana and CBD oils don’t have any THC at all, or very little. Consult with a physician and medical marijuana professional about using cannabis. Linked below, you will find strains of medical marijuana that have been reported to help alleviate symptoms of PTSD for others.

 

·   [[Aspen OG]]

·   [[Bay Dream]]

·   [[Blackwater]]

·   [[Blue Magoo]]

·   [[Chocolate Chunk]]

·   [[Dutch Hawaiian]]

·   [[Glass Slipper]]

·   [[Key Lime Pie]]

·   [[Lodi Dodi]]

·   [[Monster Cookies]]

·   [[Sour Grape]]

·   [[White Buffalo]]

·   [[$100 OG]]

·   [[24K Gold]]

·   [[3 Kings]]

·   [[3X Crazy]]

·   [[8 ball Kush]]

·   [[A-dub]]

·   [[Abusive OG]]

·   [[Snoop’s Dream]]

 

Sources:

BetterHelp (2017) The Facts and Fictions of PTSD Statistics

Mayo Clinic (2017) PTSD

Passie, Torsten (2012) Drug Testing and Analysis. Mitigation of post-traumatic stress symptoms by Cannabis resin: A review of the clinical and neurobiological evidence

Top Strains That May Help With PTSD

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