PTSD: Alternative Treatments
Marijuana As an Alternative
Disease Profile: PTSD
Post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD) first gained notice in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association after a substantial number of Vietnam War veterans returned home to the US. Many showed signs of distraught mental health and signs of risking their own lives and others due to hypersensitivity, self-threats, and emotional distraughtness. This may result from the debilitating visions of war.
While it primarily began and is commonly seen throughout the veteran community, PTSD can occur in any person who experiences a traumatic, highly stressful, or life-threatening event.
The Role Of Cannabis in Treating PTSD
In the brain, endocannabinoid receptors regulate the feeling of anxiety. Although normal for a person to experience these feeling of anxiety, the intensity of symptoms should dissipate over time.
When the body does not produce enough endocannabinoids responsible for controlling the overwhelming fits of anxiety. This results in PTSD. Cannabinoids bind to the same regulatory receptors in the brain as the anxiety regulator, just in an opposite sense they create a calm, euphoric sense.
Marijuana as PTSD medication
Research revealed that CBD, Cannabidiol, and other types of marijuana consumption not only provided relief to patients experiencing anxiety but may help persons suffering from PTSD. With these medicinal attributes and its beneficial influence on negative memories, cannabis has shown to desensitize patients to triggers associated with their post-traumatic stress.