September 2019


By Tanvir Hossain

Cannabis for PTSD

What is PTSD?

PSTD is one of the most hated psychiatric disorder caused by noise, life threatening occurrence, and other disturbing activities. It can be caused by many ways like military combat, long time noise, natural disaster and so on.

It can be identified in many ways. They are: ➢ Re-experiencing: Reliving the trauma via realistic flashbacks and nightmares. ➢ Avoidance: Emotionally or physically avoiding things that are associated with the traumatic event. ➢ Heightened arousal: Problems with sleeping and focusing, and being more susceptible to mood swings.

Cannabis and PTSD

Cannabis is one of the most popular recreational or medicinal drugs around the world. Nowadays it is not considered as a recreational drug, it has enough capabilities to maintain our health. Cannabis is considered as one of the best medicines for treating PTSD.
Chemical components found in the cannabis plant have enough therapeutic effects by stimulating the body’s endocannabinoid system. The main components are CBD and THC. Both are popular for their medicinal use. THC has psychoactive effects but CBD has no effects. Both particles have capabilities to treat and relief from anxiety, insomnia, and pain. It has also shown effectiveness in helping people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

How cannabinoids help from PTSD

As we mentioned before, cannabis has two main components; CBD and THC. Both of the components are capable of treating people who suffer from PTSD. This system can be controlled by improving the endocannabinoid system’s mediation of essential functions. With the activation of both CB1 and CB2 receptors, cannabis could create the system to make neurotransmitters that help promote happiness, pleasure, and memory.

Both of the receptors have the capabilities assisting PTSD cases by preventing the retrieval of the underlying trauma, effectively preventing traumatic memories and nightmares. It can also help with attaining emotional well being. All these facilities make cannabis a popular treatment for PTSD patients.

Here is the way for the treatment of PTSD:
Reduces Anxiety

Most of the PTSD patients maybe suffer from chronic anxiety. Cannabis is very effective in treating anxiety. The cannabidiol (CBD) is the key to reduce stress, anxiety and creates peace mood for the people.
Stops Nightmares

Nightmares are very harmful to health. It may be hampered one’s dream and creates a very bad feeling. The regular usage of cannabis may reduce the rapid eye movement sleep when most of the dreams occurs. Cannabis can be able to reduce the nightmares associated with PTSD.
Helps with Insomnia

Insomnia is another harmful problem for people which causes PTSD. Cannabis has the capabilities to fight insomnia caused by the PTSD. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can be capable of reducing sleep latency and improve the quality level of sleep to overcome from insomnia.

Controlling the after effects

PTSD generally triggers huge stress that makes a person in a constant state of awareness and tension. This makes very difficult for the person to get into the deep sleep. In this circumstance, cannabis is very effective and helpful for people. Cannabis gives a proper solution for the PTSD and provides people a stress-free life and also a very good quality sleep.

Tanvir Hossain
Author: Tanvir Hossain

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