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 way to help relieve some of your PTSD Symptoms.
3 Reasons to Consider Cannabis to 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 Is Safe
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.
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 help with anxiety, depression, and seizures. (Healthline)
In addition to not causing a high, CBD is well-tolerated by the body, even in large doses. It also has very few side effects other than ones that can occur if it’s taken at the same time as other medications.
Because cannabis is safe, there’s really no reason not to consider taking it to treat the symptoms of your PTSD.
2. Cannabis Has Proven Effective
According to recent studies, many people who have taken cannabis to treat their PTSD symptoms have claimed that they’ve seen a positive change.
In many cases, this is because when taken regularly, cannabis reduces activity in the amygdala, the part of the brain that helps control fear and the body’s responses to perceived threats. There are also studies that suggest cannabis can play a role in actively diminishing traumatic memories, both reducing overall anxiety and preventing spikes of heightened anxiety during stressful situations.
Because cannabis has proven effective, not only anecdotally but also in scientific studies, now could be a good time to consider cannabis to help relieve your PTSD symptoms.
3. Cannabis Comes with Additional Benefits
In addition to safely and effectively diminishing PTSD symptoms, cannabis can bring about additional positive outcomes for those who take it regularly.
- Brings physical pain relief – Both chronic pain and pain associated with daily life may diminish with CBD use.
- Reduces inflammation – Cannabis has been proven not only to reduce inflammation in the joints but also conditions that involve elevated inflammatory processes in the brain.
- May help treat acne – Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, cannabis may help reduce acne flares.
- Can support substance abuse treatment – While not a direct replacement for substance abuse treatment, cannabis has been demonstrated to modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction.
By considering cannabis to treat your PTSD, you could very well discover a 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 is 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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