CANNABIS FOR PTSD & MENTAL HEALTH: THE SAFEST OPTION
Posted: April 18, 2022
Cannabis has been in both good and bad spotlights for many decades. Bad because of the misconception that surrounded the use of the beautiful herb in the olden days. Meanwhile, people suffering from mental health issues have been successfully self-medicating with cannabis. Our world today is broken, and many people struggle with mental health issues constantly. Regular prescriptions have always had a clause attached in the sense that, they have terrible side effects like weight gain, and even death when slightly overdosed. The stigma among western psychiatric medications is not a stigma at all. My belief is that the “stigma” is rooted in African Ancestral values of the use of herbal and earth medicine as a treatment for diseases. The two active ingredients in the cannabis plant are CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD is the component that has been researched the most as it has been linked to the reduction of anxiety and trauma-related issues like insomnia and nightmares. Sleep is the foundation to having a quality life. The majority of people struggle with staying and or falling asleep at night. Poor sleep can have detrimental effects on one's health. Substantial evidence has been provided to prove that cannabis actually does reduce the debilitating effect of opioid withdrawal. From pain management to lesser risks cannabis has proven to be a more potent drug, with many effects than most medical prescriptions Unlike opioids, cannabis cancels out the risk of death from overdose. Opioids repress our respiratory function and cause strong addictions with negative physical effects. Patients have to struggle with knowing that what eases their symptoms and pain also has a lethal dose that could end their life. Patients who have made the switch to cannabis have reported lesser pain without the mental foggy state induced by prescription drugs containing opioids. Deaths associated with opioid use; both medical and recreational, reach about 46-50 every day and no one can say the same about cannabis. Cannabis Approved for PTSD and Pediatric Autism Post-traumatic stress disorder can be very draining. It’s developed from a troubling or unpleasant experience that occurred in the past. This experience is relived over and over again causing high anxiety and panic attacks. PTSD is terrible and comes with side effects like insomnia, disturbing flashbacks, and hyperarousal. Research has linked an imbalance between two neurochemicals present in the brain to PTSD. The greater the imbalance, the greater the effect of the disorder. Treatment of PTSD mostly requires an increase in the brain’s level of serotonin and cannabis is known to promote serotonin creation in the brain. In Isreal, a clinical trial reported that medical cannabis brought about significant improvement in the social responsiveness of children with autism. Cannabis is said to decrease the excitation in brain neurons that cause aggression and increase child inhibition. Symptoms associated with PTSD and pediatric autism have been treated with cannabis both officially and unofficially for years. Serotonin and dopamine are highly linked to both disorders and cannabis CBD have an effect on these neurons. Recently states like Colorado, Arizona, and more have legalized it as a natural medicine for the treatment of a range of medical issues. Benefits of Cannabis for Mental Health The age-old misconception about cannabis has prevented many people from reaping its benefits for years. But thankfully more research has been carried out in this area and they keep proving that medical cannabis truly has a positive effect on people's mental health. We want to highlight these scientifically proven benefits.
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