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PTSD and an Unusual Cure: Cannabis

Many people with depression, anxiety and mood disorders use medical marijuana to manage their stress and symptoms due to its calming effects and ability to promote mental focus and clarity. With post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that causes severe anxiety, depression and hypervigilance in response to a traumatic event, however, the effects of cannabis can be life-changing.

Learn more about the transformative powers of cannabis in treating the effects of PTSD and how this simple treatment can get PTSD sufferers on the road to wellness.

About PTSD

Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder often experience debilitating symptoms, such as a heightened sense of awareness, night terrors and nightmares, mood problems and depression that make even the simplest tasks a harrowing ordeal. Though military veterans are the sufferers most often associated with PTSD, this disorder can affect anyone who witnessed or is recovering from a traumatic event in their lives. More alarming still, severe PTSD has a high probability of driving a person to suicide.

With the prevalence and severe symptoms of PTSD, it’s vital to find safe and effective treatments that can successfully manage the symptoms and improve the quality of life for patients. Unfortunately, conventional treatments aren’t always effective, leaving many suffering in silence.

Cannabis and PTSD

Extensive research has shown that cannabis has many medicinal applications, ranging from treating chronic pain to palliative care for terminal illnesses. This is due to its two most powerful compounds, cannabinoids and cannabidiol.

Conventional PTSD treatments involve powerful antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, sedatives and other mood-altering medications, all of which have some unpleasant side effects and do little to help a PTSD patient transition into normal life in a healthy way. Unlike these treatments, the compounds in cannabis can help a PTSD patient actively engage in therapy and heal themselves, rather than having a clouded mental state that interferes with progress.

THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, has its own benefits as well. THC stimulates the endocannabinoid system in the body, which replaces lost levels of anandamide, the endocannabinoid that’s released during exercise, and promotes a calm, blissful state.

Cannabis Regimen for PTSD Patients

Each PTSD patient is different, and many cannabis strains are used to treat a variety of health problems and disorders, so the cannabis regimen needs to be customized and adjusted to individual needs. In general, PTSD sufferers have shown the most benefits from a regiment of CBD during the day and THC at night, however, each have different effects.

During the day, a PTSD patient needs to be aware and present, without the debilitating feelings of fear, anxiety and hypervigilance. Because THC can cause lapses in short-term memory and cognitive function, it isn’t ideal for most patients to use in the day and remain functional. CBD helps to relieve these symptoms and allows a patient to commit to their daily routine, without the added effects of THC.

THC is also a powerful sedative, which can help patients sleep soundly and alleviate the disrupted sleep patterns that arise from nightmares and night terrors. Addressing this problem is important because poor sleep patterns can lead to more severe symptoms during the day.

Relieve PTSD Symptoms With Euphoria Wellness

The powerful compounds in cannabis alleviate the symptoms of PTSD in a multitude of ways, but they should still be considered as part of a significant lifestyle change focused on overall wellness.

If you’re considering cannabis as a treatment for PTSD, visit Euphoria Wellness to see how we can help. Our highly trained staff members will be happy to discuss your options and make recommendations, so you can start on the road to recovery. Call or stop by today with your Maryland medical marijuana card to check out our menu!