Medical Cannabis for PTSD
What Is PTSD?
Feeling afraid during or after a traumatic situation is perfectly normal. The “fight-or-flight” response your body has during and after scary situations serves to help protect you from harm. And although we all experience a range of reactions after trauma, most people recover from the symptoms naturally. Some of us, on the other hand, continue to experience feelings of stress or fear even when we’re not in danger, which is when PTSD steps into the picture.
Did you know that PTSD affects one out of every 10 Canadians at some point in their lives?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is classified as a psychiatric condition linked to surviving or witnessing a traumatic life event. The condition can cause agitation, impaired concentration, memory problems, flashbacks, insomnia, and nightmares.
Most people who go through traumatic events may have short-term difficulty with adjusting and coping, but the good news is that PTSD is a curable condition, albeit it does take some time and the correct road towards recovery.
A lot of patients have started exploring other methods in addition to traditional prescription medication to manage their conditions, and medical cannabis is starting to look like one of the best alternative ways of managing PTSD.
Medical Cannabis and PTSD
A plethora of existing evidence for medical cannabis and PTSD comes from patient reports of success. A recent study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology indicated that PTSD might increase the risk of depressive episodes among Canadians who do not use cannabis.
Certain compounds of the cannabis plant, including the well-known tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are structurally similar to the human endogenous cannabinoids, and even though our bodies do not produce THC or CBD, they can interact with the endocannabinoid system and influence a variety of biological processes.
According to brain imaging research, patients with PTSD have an abundance of cannabinoid receptors but not enough endogenous cannabinoids to lock into them. This might mean that supplementing the body with plant-based cannabinoids like THC and CBD could help certain brain processes function normally.
How Can Medical Cannabis Help Treat PTSD?
By improving the endocannabinoid system’s facilitation of essential functions like memory consolidation and retrieval, CBD and THC might be able to help treat people suffering from PTSD. CB1 and CB2 receptors, located throughout the core system, might be activated by the use of THC and CBD, which in turn, could prompt the system to produce neurotransmitters that assist with promoting memory, pleasure and happiness.
In plain English: CBD and THC might be able to prevent the retrieval of traumatic memories and nightmares while also assisting PTSD sufferers with attaining emotional wellbeing.
Studies have suggested that PTSD patients may have lower levels of anandamide, a natural endocannabinoid molecule that promotes feelings of joy and happiness. Anandamide promotes serotonin activity and lowers feelings of stress and depression, and since CBD and anandamide have similar chemical and structural properties, CBD might be a natural replacement for anandamide.
How to Get Medical Cannabis for PTSD
PTSD is a serious condition that can drastically reduce your quality of life if you’ve survived or witnessed a traumatic event. Cannabinoids like CBD can help empower the body’s endocannabinoid system and promote better sleep, prevent traumatic memories from coming back and allow you to regain hold of your life again. We can help you get there.
Canadian Cannabis Clinics offer in-depth consultations through our team of healthcare practitioners and medical cannabis educators who will help guide you on your journey back to Better Days.
Choose to have your appointment in one of our clinics or through our convenient virtual appointment service and speak to our team about how medical cannabis can help manage your PTSD.
Appointment is online through a secure and private video call.
Appointment is in one of our clinics across Canada.