Article by Lift Resource Centre
PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder, is an anxiety condition caused by disturbing episodes in one’s life, such as military combat or sexual abuse. PTSD is thought to be caused by changes in the brain chemistry that occur at the time of the trauma, when stress and adrenaline hormones are hyper-responsive.
Pharmaceutical medication, such as antidepressants and antipsychotics, are typically prescribed to people diagnosed with PTSD. These medications can have negative side effects that make it hard to function in day to day life. However, new research on the human endocannabinoid system shows promising results for treating PTSD with medical marijuana.
Using cannabis effectively for PTSD
To get the most out of using cannabis to relieve PTSD symptoms, patients should try to use low to moderate doses before planned exposure to a known trigger for their PTSD. It`s important for the individual to use cannabidiol (CBD)-based strains and not THC strains, as THC is known to exacerbate symptoms of anxiety or paranoia. Research suggests CBD receptors are particularly concentrated in the emotional centre of the brain. Researchers theorize there may be excessive synaptic firing within those structures in patients with PTSD, which is why using cannabis may help calm those receptors.