When someone endures a traumatic event, they may develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Unfortunately, this situation is not as rare as we may assume. Around 6 of every 10 men (60%) and 5 of every 10 women (50%) experience at least one major traumatic event in their lives, leading to 7%-8% of the population developing PTSD.
PTSD is not a sign of personal weakness, but it is a serious condition that requires treatment. While effective treatment plans will always vary from individual to individual, there are a few reasons why you may want to consider exploring cannabis as a means to potentially relieve some of your PTSD Symptoms.
3 Reasons to Consider Cannabis to Potentially Relieve PTSD Symptoms
Now that legal uses of hemp and cannabis are expanding nationwide, people are becoming aware of the health benefits of cannabis.
1. Cannabis May Be a Safe Option
Taking cannabis is not the same thing as smoking marijuana. Though cannabis is extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant, there’s a reason CBD products are now legal in many places. Cannabis products do not contain THC – or rather, they contain very little.
Despite their similar chemical structures, CBD and THC don’t have the same psychoactive effects. CBD is psychoactive, just not in the same manner as THC. It doesn’t produce the high associated with THC. CBD is shown to potentially help with anxiety, depression, and seizures. (Healthline)
In addition to not causing a high, CBD may be well-tolerated by the body, even in large doses. It also has very few potential side effects other than the ones that can occur if it’s taken at the same time as other medications.
Because cannabis could be safe for consumption, there’s really no reason not to consider taking it to possibly help with the symptoms of your PTSD.
2. Cannabis Could Offer Effective Results
People who take cannabis to help with their PTSD symptoms may experience a positive change in their condition.
In many cases, this is because when taken regularly, cannabis may reduce activity in the amygdala, the part of the brain that helps control fear and the body’s responses to perceived threats. Cannabis may also play a role in diminishing traumatic memories, potentially reducing overall anxiety and possibly preventing spikes of heightened anxiety during stressful situations.
Because cannabis could be effective, now could be a good time to consider cannabis to possibly help relieve your PTSD symptoms.
3. Cannabis May Impart Additional Benefits
In addition to having the potential to safely and effectively diminish PTSD symptoms, cannabis may bring about additional positive outcomes for those who take it regularly.
- It could bring physical pain relief – Both chronic pain and pain associated with daily life may diminish with CBD use.
- It may reduce inflammation – Cannabis has the potential to reduce inflammation in the joints and in conditions that involve elevated inflammatory processes in the brain.
- It could potentially help treat acne – Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, cannabis may possibly help reduce acne flares.
- It may help support substance abuse treatment – While not a direct replacement for substance abuse treatment, cannabis has been demonstrated to potentially modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction.
By considering cannabis to treat your PTSD, you could very well discover a possible solution to some of your other physical ailments as well.
Contact Transformative Health
Though a PTSD diagnosis can loom large in your life, there are safe and effective treatments available to help.
One of those treatments could potentially be medical cannabis.
Here at Transformative Health, we aim to help PTSD sufferers find the best possible treatment options. We look forward to serving you!
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