PTSD and Cannabis
Approximately 5.2 million adults (ages 18-52) experience the symptoms of PTSD within the course of a year. Living with PTSD can be extremely difficult to lead a life free of; constant worry, fear, and depression. Can you imagine not be able to attend a firework show with your friends or family because you’re too afraid that the loud booms will trigger past memories, or not being able to sleep through the night because you’re too afraid of having the nightmare that wakes you with the feeling of terror?
Cannabis treatment for PTSD has just recently been approved in many states and until recently it wasn’t considered a reasonable form of treatment. Many scientists have determined that cannabinoids secure to receptor sites called CB1, and cells throughout our bodies called CB-2. According to Martin Lee, an affiliate of MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) and the director of Project CBD, “Scientists have determined that normal CB-1 receptor signaling deactivates traumatic memories.” Both Cannabinoids are currently being used to treat symptoms of PTSD.
There are three main species of cannabis; Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid. The Sativa plant is considered to produce CBD, while the Indica plant produces THC. Sativa plants usually produce an uplifting feeling; allowing many who suffer from depression associated with PTSD to accomplish more in throughout their day, as well as remove negative thoughts from their minds. Indica plants produce more of a sedative effect, which can help many who suffer from constant anxiety, and help those who experience PTSD related insomnia or night terrors.
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