Living with PTSD is a nightmare for many of our military Veterans.
From night terrors and hyper-vigilance, to simply being in a crowd, you never know when the condition will strike. It is truly horrible to always be on the cusp of panic. Throughout the last decade opiates have been recommended by most doctors, but not only are opiates not helpful, they are also extremely dangerous.
So what would you do if you discovered there was an all-natural aid for PTSD, that really works and has no side effects?
Recent studies show that CBD could be the answer.
In the hemp plant there are phyto-cannabinoids, bioflavonoids, and terpenes, that all together create a powerful synergistic effect called the entourage effect,which is greater than any of them can create individually. But how does it work?
Every mammal has something called an endocannabinoid system which is filled with receptors fed by these phyto-cannabinoids. This system is responsible for memory networks in the brain.
But within the cannabis family, there are two distinct plants that are similar but carry a few differences. There are hemp plants, and there are marijuana plants. Hemp is largely made up of cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, CBD-A and CBC while marijuana is largely made up of THC which is the cannabinoid the create psychoactive (high feeling). Hemp does have THC but it is lower than .3% THC which means it does not create that high feeling. This makes hemp ideal for getting all the benefits of the marijuana plant without any intoxicating effects.
These different cannabinoids bind to our CB1 and CB2 receptors to help maintain homeostasis. These signaling systems help your body communicate properly and support your body’s overall health and well-being.
THC, the compound in marijuana, has long been championed as a PTSD treatment, but while it does work, most Americans still can’t use it due to Federal and State laws. CBD from hemp is legal in all 50 states, and can easily be purchased online.
CBD helps you aid PTSD symptoms in a very different manner to THC.
Studies show that people suffering with PTSD have low levels of anandamide, an endocannabinoid known as the ‘bliss molecule.’ Anandamide is a natural cannabinoid made by the body and it is released when we do things like exercise or meditate. These cannabinoids work to help replace your anandamide levels, which in turn helps aid PTSD.
PTSD patients all have far lower levels of endocannabinoids, along with higher CB1 receptor densities. Normally, the CB1 receptor deactivates any traumatic memories you may have so you basically ‘forget.’ If you have an endocannabinoid deficiency, on the other hand, you will suffer from chronic anxiety, impaired fear distinction, and other symptoms associated with PTSD. Cannabinoids act on the two receptors, CB1 and CB2, and helps them regain normal function.
Another problem experienced by people living with PTSD is a constant state of fear – CBD helps to reduce ‘learned fear,’ so unlike prescription medication, CBD gets to the root of the problem.
Veterans need to be taught about this option. Do not feel stuck with prescription medication that is addictive and harmful.
Please share this with a Veteran you love and teach them about the benefits of CBD
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