Cannabis and PTSD: Combating Trauma with THC and CBD
The world today is a difficult place to reside in. With the advancement of technology and improvement in quality of life, the stress factor is also increasing. People have more work to do. People have to spend more time racking their brains to undertake problems and solve them. The security is not in a good place either. Many people live under constant threat of joblessness, depression and death.
Cannabis is the savior of the modern world. A magical plant probably has a solution to almost all your problems. If you wish to take a break and relax, marijuana will help you calm down and relieve your stress. If you are suffering from constant pains or nausea, cannabis is there for you. Infact the therapeutic and medicinal application of cannabis is expanding with every passing year. It is being used to treat patients suffering from chronic pains, spinal pains, PTSD, glaucoma, cancer, diabetes and more.
What is PTSD?
It stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person’s life. The human brain though subtle and complex, is very sensitive to external reactions. So a violent reaction on the outside disturbs the inside mechanism thus rendering the mind in a constant ‘fight or flight’ situation.
Some common symptoms of this disease are disturbing thoughts and feelings, dreams related to the traumatic events, mental or physical distress, alterations thoughts and feelings and sexual arousal.
Cannabis as a Solution
The cannabis plant has two major compounds that help in treating PTSD, namely cannabidiol (CBD) and THC. THC is a psychoactive compound, which helps with easing the pain, curing insomnia, mental or physical stress and causing relaxation. CBD contains anxiolytic, antidepressant, antipsychotic, sedative, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, which help in dealing with the symptoms of the mental disorder.
Cannabis has helped many veterans and suicide-attempting victims over the years, not just in helping them relax and calm down, but also to cure the pain and swellings.