PTSD and Cannabis

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Cannabis and PTSD have been used together for centuries, popularized during Vietnam. PTSD can happen to anyone. It is a result of any psychologically traumatic event. Only as recent as 2011 there has been more research done specifically to figure out how it is helping. Treating PTSD seems to be more dose dependent.

PTSD

“CBD causes brain cells in the hippocampus to grow, this would be an explanation to the previous studies that identified CBD as an effective treatment for mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and stress as all of these attributed to a lack of adult neurogenesis.” – The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology

However, those with PTSD may also benefit greatly from high THC. This unfortunately is not legal to be sold according to the current laws, unless you have a “Medicinal Marijuana” (MMJ) card from the State you live in.

The biggest group of Post Traumatic Stress “Disorder” is those involved (past, present and/or future) are First Responders (Police, Firefighters, EMS, etc)

I am not advocating any illegal activity, but if you are going to a dispensary I can give you some tips on what to look for to help treat PTSD.

The three popular cannabis strains to look for are Cannatonic (High CBD), Bubba Kush and OG Kush. If those three are not available look for strains that are High-CBD and High-THC varieties, especially with terpenes such as linalool and limonene.

Most PTSD patients prefer to vaporize or smoke, but cannabis taken orally is excellent for reducing dreaming, including nightmares.

Terpenes are the aromatic constituents of the essential plant oils that you smell in spices, fruits, and vegetables.

Linalool–  found in lavender is mildly psychoactive and helps with calming, anti-anxiety effects. Medicinally, is sedative, analgesic and anesthetic. (found in strains like Bubba Kush and several purple Indica strains)

Linalool jpeg

Limonene–  is common in citrus fruits, helps with stimulating, mood-elevating, antidepressant and quick-onset effects.

limonene molecule

Try to avoid strains with the terpene Pinene (the aroma from Christmas Trees ) because it is known to help with reducing short-term memory loss, which is something not popular for PTSD since the point is to not remember most events.

Alpha-Pinene molecule

To help find out more information about each strain you can download an app or go online to http://www.leafly.com/

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