June is PTSD Awareness Month
PTSD or posttraumatic stress disorder is a disorder acquired through exposure to an adverse trauma and manifests in a variety of symptoms, including flashbacks, nightmares, anger, withdrawal and other serious psychological problems. People who have experienced life-threatening situations, or situations involving a loved one’s life being threatened are often the sufferers of this disorder. Especially at risk may be Veterans of war. PTSD changes the natural stress system of the body.
Individuals who suffer from PTSD are usually prescribed a variety of anti-depressants, including Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil. While the medications can lessen the symptoms, many PTSD victims still feel that their PTSD symptoms are controlling their lives with severe side effects from anti-anxiety and anti-depressant prescription medications.
Medical marijuana can help individuals who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Many individuals who suffer from PTSD have reported that use of marijuana has decreased or eliminated their PTSD symptoms. Studies show that the body’s endocannabinoid systems play a large role of importance in how medical cannabis helps. The endocannabinoid system in the human body is largely responsible for regulating sleep, fear, anxiety and stress. The endocannabinoid system is comprised of cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors that they attach to. While the body creates cannabinoids, THC (found in cannabis) is also a cannabinoid that binds to the receptors in our bodies. When THC binds to a cannabinoid receptor, many positive changes seem to occur affecting the behavior of the individual.
When THC binds with a receptor, any feeling of pain is lessened which also creates an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect. Cannabis’s pain relieving properties have proven to be helpful in the treatment of other pain-related disorders. Many symptoms lessened or have been eliminated through the use of medical marijuana. Many strains of marijuana help to alleviate insomnia, anxiety, fear, lack of appetite, anger, irritability, depression, sadness, flashbacks and nightmares.
Cannabis can reduce symptoms of PTSD and can be a safe, non-addictive long-term solution. For many, marijuana helps individuals cope with the symptoms of PTSD. The use of cannabis may allow sufferers greater freedom from their symptoms.