THC for PTSD
Several studies have shown that THC is effective in treating patients suffering from from posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD. THC is also a safer alternative treatment compared to other prescription medication that can be addictive and have more serious side effects.We are now in an era with improved understanding of what the plant is and how it can promote the well-being of people suffering from different causes.
Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD can develop following a traumatic event such as being in combat or experiencing a life threatening moment like a natural disaster or assault. This leads to lingering memories and difficulty sleeping as well as functioning normally while at work or in school. Not only that, but an individual may experience major emotional change and perception of the world, and these symptoms can make it just about impossible to maintain a standard quality of life.
Typically, those who suffer from the various symptoms for more than several months are at risk of developing PTSD. Psychotherapy and medication are available to help PTSD patients suffering from emotional instability and possibly substance abuse, and cannabis has emerged as another way to help them cope, not to mention providing a safer alternative to prescription medication that can have serious side effects.
What is PTSD
PTSD is a serious disease that many people in the world suffer from, drastically reducing the quality of life as its varying symptoms such as nightmares, difficulty in functioning socially, and emotional imbalance can cripple people like war veterans and others who have experienced a major trauma.
How THC Treats PTSD
The cannabinoids in THC help regulate your endocannabinoid system (ECS). By activating CB1 and CB2 receptors located throughout this core system, cannabinoids inhibit fear and anxiety caused by memories of underlying trauma. PTSD patients usually have lower levels of a neurotransmitter called anandamide. THC also stimulates neurotransmitters that affect your mood and promote pleasure and happiness.
Cannabinoids like CBD can help empower the body’s endocannabinoid system and promote quality sleep, prevent traumatic memories from arising, as well as establish physical and emotional wellbeing to mitigate these devastating symptoms of PTSD and allowing patients to regain hold of their lives.
THC vs Anti-depressants for PTSD
Side-effects with prescribed anti-depressant medication include addiction, tolerance, and with some PTSD patients, they just don’t work to alleviate any symptoms.
On the other hand, THC not only treats the symptoms of PTSD like flashbacks, social anxiety and night sweats, but also helps improve sleep.