Now that the world is catching on to the multitude of uses for cannabis as medicine, more and more medical conditions are being alleviated through this incredible, natural substance.
For example, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that can occur following a major traumatic event. The disorder is commonly known for plaguing soldiers who have returned from combat.
Some of the symptoms of PTSD include nightmares and flashbacks, feeling detached or estranged, and many other issues that make life much more difficult.
Thankfully, the world has cannabis, one of the most natural and effective ways to deal with PTSD.
First and foremost, one of the best reasons to use cannabis for the treatment of PTSD is it keeps the patient away from powerful pharmaceuticals that include sedatives, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety medication. These pills cause a variety of different side effects and in many cases lead to dependency or even abuse.
Evidence shows that CBD can reduce the overwhelming level of fear that can come with a flashback, because CBD is a natural, anti-anxiety substance.
CBD’s powerful psychoactive brother is THC, the compound that creates marijuana’s blissful high.
Patients who suffer from PTSD have a low levels of a substance called anandamide. THC and anandamide have a similar molecular structure and cooperate with the endocannabinoid system in the human body.
As well, specific strains of cannabis are well known to be fantastic sleep aids. People with PTSD have a very hard time getting to sleep and then staying asleep. Cannabis can counteract those symptoms very effectively.
There are currently a number of clinical trials and studies happening on cannabis for the treatment of PTSD. One of the latest is being conducted by Veterans Affairs in Canada. They will be examining the effects of marijuana on mental health disorders including post-traumatic stress.
PTSD is one of the medical conditions in Canada that qualifies for a cannabis prescription.
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