Cannabis oil can help people suffering post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Studies are showing that cannabis oil can even prevent PTSD from developing when patients are treated with cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. PTSD involves memories of traumas and severe anxiety after a terrible experience. If people are given cannabis oil directly after a traumatic event, it helps them forget the event instead of having the recurring distressing memories that stay with them for life and cause depression. These trauma reminders can be managed when using cannabis oil, thanks to the healing effects of the cannabinoids. People who have PTSD experience terrible fear, panic attacks, memory loss, insomnia and changes in the way they feel pain.
Cannabis oil can therefore manage symptoms of PTSD and stop them developing early on after a trauma. People with PTSD have different cannabinoid pathways in their brains from other people and scientists know that cannabinoids cling to specific receptors in the brain to ease depression, pain and other factors that result from a traumatic event. This complex depression is hard to treat and many patients end up taking a cocktail of medication. Cannabis is a much gentler approach with none of the awful side effects that these medications cause. Take one medication in the form of cannabis oil, instead of so many, and feel better immediately. PTSD patients can drop all their conventional medicines when the cannabis oil starts to work.
Studies took a closer look at the main chemical compounds found in cannabis and found out how they work to help those suffering post traumatic stress disorder. Cannabidiol (CBD) is non-psychoactive and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is psychoactive and together they can work to heal many conditions. PTSD is about people dealing with a fear that has been learned after a traumatic event. If this fear can be erased or managed immediately after an event, they will heal faster. CBD is a calming cannabinoid which helps decrease the automatic reaction of fear that those with PTSD have.
People who develop PTSD usually have a lack of anandamide, an endocannabinoid that is set free when people do exercise. THC is able to have the same effect as anandamide, assisting the body to remain in balance. The cananbis oil containing THC replaces the anandamide deficiency which starts to treat the depression and anxiety related to PTSD. Patients reported feeling calmer and lost some memory of the trauma that ailed them. More research is needed but anecdotal evidence reveals that cannabis oil does help with PTSD.