Anyone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) watching a loved one battle the disorder, knows how debilitating it is. Research shows impressive results from one of the oldest medicinal herbs – cannabis.
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a stress response to a real or perceived fear, that remains over time, long after the actual threat has gone. It can be due to an event that was experienced personally, or that was witnessed happening to someone else.
The inability to switch off the fight-or-flight fear response means the disorder presents symptoms such as the following:
Avoidance of situations – usually connected to ‘triggers’
Loss of enjoyment
Loss of feeling
These are often triggered by:
Flashbacks or intrusive memories
Inability to control emotions such as anger
car or plane crash
death of someone close
Typical treatments have included pharmaceutical drugs or counseling.
Strong medication such as antidepressants, opioids, and anti-anxiety medication, or therapy. These have had results for some users but often come with their own side-effects and dangers.
Antidepressants, sedatives, and opioids can leave patients feeling numb. While it decreases their anxiety levels, it can also numb their feelings of joy. Often the reason they tried medication in the first place was to experience emotions and joy again.
Medications can also cause constipation, low sex drive, weight-gain and present additional issues. The risk of addiction to opioid medication is becoming more apparent by the day in the US. Many sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder prefer to experience their anxiety symptoms rather than feel numb on medication.
Councilling takes a lot of supervision and experience before a qualified therapist can assist a patient with PTSD by discussing trauma in stages, to slowly desensitize them from the anxiety.
The New Solutions
One of the newest breakthroughs in PTSD treatment actually happens to be one of the oldest medicinal herbs put to use by humankind. It is being used not only for PTSD but many other illnesses and disorders that are difficult to treat.
There has been a boom in the use of derivatives of the cannabis plant for medical use. You have no doubt heard about the growing list of medical issues helped by medical cannabis, such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and even arthritis.
Cannabis is a very powerful painkiller, with few side effects, and this has been key to its growing popularity in chronic medical issues.
PTSD patients report it helps significantly in reducing their anxiety symptoms during the day and helping them to sleep at night.
Will Using Cannabidiol Make Patients Feel ‘High’?
What is often misunderstood about CBD, is that it does not leave patients feeling high. Cannabidiol is a component of marijuana that has an impressive therapeutic potential but does not have psychoactive properties.
It gives the mind-calming and relaxation benefit of cannabis without giving a high.
The component of cannabis that gives the psychoactive ‘high’ is Tetrahydrocannabinol, abbreviated as THC. The THC component can also be effective in treating PTSD by assisting with relaxation and sleep at night-time. The recommended treatment is CBD, as it can reduce symptoms without impacting on daily activities of the patient.
The recommendation of health professionals is to try CBD in concert with a healthy diet a daily activity. Emotional and social supports are also critical in maintaining good mental health and ongoing recovery.
While some argue that post-traumatic stress disorder may never really go away, a combination of CBD therapy, talk therapy, and a healthy lifestyle are the key to taming the beast.
The recommended dosage of CBD to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. It will change depending on the severity of the symptoms a patient is experiencing at any point in time. It will also change depending on dosage, as CBD is available in different forms:
Perhaps you have been in treatment with professionals for a long time with little results and would like to see if the impressive results generated by CBD work for you too.
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