POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) & CANNABIS

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) & CANNABIS

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PTSD, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, is a disorder results from intense mental and physical trauma that results from warfare, sexual abuse, aberrant relationships, accidents and natural disasters.  Symptoms of PTSD include; avoidance, hyperarousal, flashbacks, social isolation, insomnia, depression and demoralization. Long term PTSD it thought to change brain chemistry, where adrenaline and stress hormones interact to create a chronic aberrant mental state.

 

Symptoms – Cause

 

  • Negativity about people, self, world

  • Inability to have a good time, lost interest in hobbies

  • Emotionally a zombie, then animated with anger

  • Lack of interest in favorite activities once enjoyed

  • Trouble with sleeping, concentration, very uptight

  • Live in fear, guilt, easily startled, paranoid, on watch incessantly

  • Self medicates with alcohol, prescription meds, illegal drugs to relax and forget

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It the trauma is severe enough, insanity in the overstimulated mind can ensue –  if the mind is not shut down.  The mind can throw a fuse in protection and the memory of  intense trauma is removed from the conscious and buried in the subconscious.  If this memory festers in the subconscious without resolution, the stored traumatic events leak into the conscious mind, upon the stimulus of triggers, leading to flashbacks, or an ongoing or intermittent uncomfortable or anxious feelings, which lead to aberrant behavior, poor concentration, irritability and so on.

“Using compounds derived from cannabis  to restore the body’s own endocannabinoid function,  could potentially help stabilize moods and ease depression, significant improvement was observed on seven of the 12 items of the PTSD scale.”  –  Dr. Samir Haj-Dahmane

 

Sexual, mental and verbal abuse by parents and people in a position of authority has been a profound problem in western societies for a very long time.  Not that traditional societies don’t have their problems, PTSD, is according, to the consensus opinion of cultural anthropologists, is largely a man made disease, the product of civilization.  In the process of making rules, regulations and belief system constructs, human behavior and environment are changed in ways that conflict with homosapiens innate natural ways.

 

“Cannabis is associated with reductions in PTSD symptoms in some patients, and prospective, placebo-controlled study is needed to determine efficacy of cannabis and its constituents in treating PTSD.”  – George R. Greer, MD

 

For example, in studies done on the civil war, it was found that the majority of the soldiers would not shoot the enemy, and fired into the air or did not pull the trigger at all.  This led to changes in training where recruits behavior had to be modified psychologically, through “training”.  The various strategies employed by many military schools go well beyond instilling discipline, in fact, a boot camp gone wrong can be a root cause of PTSD.

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In a typical case, Peter experienced debilitating PTSD, which included insomnia and ADD. He took takes Adderall to help mental focus with concentration, but the drug messed up his system so bad (stomach and intestinal issues, insomnia worse) , he added cannabis to treat the side effects.  He stopped the ADD medication all together when he discovered a CBD:THC strain that helped with his anxiety and insomnia which allowed his mental fog to diminish to the point where he discontinued the Adderall.

“It helps with school, work, and dealing with people, My mind races and marijuana helps me slow down and think things through the rather than run and hide. I can tell it’s helped me because I’m sleeping much better, I’d even say normally and anxiety attacks are near zero.” – Peter

Young teenage girl suffering depression and problems

Young teenage girl suffering depression and problems

Combat veterans have an especially high probability of acquiring PTSD; one government study reported that about 1 in 5 soldiers and officers deployed in middle eastern wars ended up with PTSD Given that cannabis is prohibited by the Feds, veterans are medicated with antidepressants and antipsychotics.

Success rates with these pharmaceuticals in treating severe PTSD symptoms is abysmal.  All the while, there are many peer reviewed studies that clearly indicate that cannabis based medicines offer great relief (see problem solution section below with PubMed articles).  In addition, there are thousands of testimonials from veterans with PTSD on Social media sites like Facebook, twitter, reddit, and you name – that fervently testifies that marijuana works, like none other.

 

“The drugs that they were giving them … they couldn’t get up in the mornings. Most of the guys weren’t the type of soldiers who had issues before Iraq or even in Iraq, but they bring them back and put them on these drugs, and they’re falling asleep in the chair. There was no way they could function, especially in a civilian job. So maybe marijuana is an alternative.” – Army Sergeant Gregory Westbrook

How Cannabis Can Help Treat PTSD

Right now (2017) there is admittedly no effective medication for PTSD patients.  However, with recent developments in the understanding of the body’s  endocannabinoid system had begun to explain why cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, the active ingredients of marijuana are working so well for many PTSD patients.

An investigation by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) found that people with PTSD had abnormally low levels of anandamide, a endo-cannabinoid produced naturally in the body.  People with high levels of anandamide did not show signs of PTSD. Researchers have found that cannabinoids are Innate to all mammals, and cannabis contains analogues (THC, CBD, etc.)  that trigger receptors that control emotion, pain, cognition, inflammation, etc.

In other words, endocannabinoid deficiency is a key component in many PTSD cases.  How various nutritional and psychological factors interact with  internal endocannabinoid deficiency remains to be fully understood.  The takeaway?  Endocannabinoid deficiency may be treated, supplemented with cannabinoids to alleviate PTSD symptoms.

Medical researchers have found that the normal CB-1 receptor signaling deactivates traumatic memories and endows it with the gift of letting go forgetting, or perhaps even resolution. Deviant CB-1 signaling, found in  subjects with an endocannabinoid  (low serum anandamide), results in impaired fear extinction, aversive memory consolidation, and chronic anxiety, the hallmarks of post traumatic stress disorder.

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 PTSD patients should consult a medical professional experienced in medical marijuana before jumping on the band wagon to self-medicate. Patients unaccustomed to marijuana need to understand that cannabis based medicines high THC are not for everyone, that there are many other types of cannabis herb, high is non-psychoactive cannabinoids.  Some strains of weed can make things worse for some people, they become anxious and paranoid. Sometimes a ratio of 1:1 THC to CBD is best.  Some people can’t take THC at all but find that after a while, the subtle CBD did the trick.

It seems that the damage caused by PTSD cannot be fully undone by medication in every case, but for many, cannabis provides respite when nothing works. There is great promise, as researchers are rapidly learning better how the endocannabinoid system works. In addition, basic research is being conducted on many other cannabinoids that exist at percent levels in the more exotic strains of marijuana.   All of this means that custom cannabis medicines could be made to treat specific individual types with PTSD.

 

“Always remember,with PTSD you’re wounded but you’ve survived the battle, others didn’t. You have the chance to come out the winner, no matter what happened in the past.”

 

 

 

PROBLEM Suicide and PTSD – PTSD: National Center for PTSD

Research suggests that for Veterans with PTSD, the strongest link to both suicide attempts and thinking about suicide is guilt related to combat.

SOLUTION PTSD symptom reports of patients evaluated for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.

PROBLEM Suicide and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Metanoia

People with PTSD suffer from a range of symptoms that interfere with their capacities to enjoy normal life. People who suffered suicidal conditions, particularly …

SOLUTION The Use of Medicinal Marijuana for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of the Current Literature

PROBLEM PTSD and Suicide – Suicide.org!

PTSD and Suicide. by Kevin Caruso. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that may occur in people who experience or witness intense …

PROBLEM Healing Complex Trauma & PTSD | Self Harm, Suicidal Thoughts

Self Harm, Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide Ideation. These are some very severe symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Please note, these symptoms, should …

SOLUTION Cannabinoids and post-traumatic stress disorder: clinical and preclinical evidence for treatment and prevention.

The end result of the current clinical and preclinical data is that cannabinoid agents may offer therapeutic benefits for PTSD.

PROBLEM Investigation reveals 54 Canadian soldiers died by suicide after war in …

Soldiers whose suicides occur after their Afghanistan service are not …. Diagnosed with PTSD, he was connected by the military with a …

SOLUTION Use and effects of cannabinoids in military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The evaluated evidence indicates that substantial numbers of military veterans with PTSD use cannabis or derivative products to control PTSD symptoms, with some patients reporting benefits in terms of reduced anxiety and insomnia and improved coping ability.

PROBLEM – The Connection Between PTSD and Suicide – Very Well

People who have experienced a traumatic event may be more likely to attempt suicide. Learn about the connection between trauma, PTSD, …

SOLUTION Mitigation of post-traumatic stress symptoms by Cannabis resin: a review of the clinical and neurobiological evidence.

PROBLEM – PTSD: The War Disorder That Goes Far Beyond the Battlefield | Vanity …

Suicide by combat veterans is often seen as an extreme expression of PTSD, but currently there is no statistical relationship between suicide and combat, …

SOLUTION – In Unit Stalked by Suicide, Veterans Try to Save One Another – The …

After the sixth suicide in his old battalion, Manny Bojorquez sank onto …. what they brought home from combat is more complex than just PTSD.

HISTORY Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD? | History | Smithsonian

A year ago, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine mounted its first exhibit on mental health, including displays on PTSD and suicide in the 1860s.

MMJDOCTOR:  Now PTSD patients can legally access medical marijuana in most US states.  In California all Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder patients can consult with California licensed Medical Doctors if Medical Marijuana is a good option for them . Schedule your online appointment here.

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