Conversations with Cannabis Enthusiast about P.T.S.D. and Cannabis
I started this blog because I feel it is important to have an informative approach when combining Health and Cannabis. I am a retired Licensed Massage Therapist. I have always been passionate about a holistic approach to medicine. I believe that you can naturally enhance your wellness. With the right knowledge you can more effectively manage your symptoms. I wanted to inform other's of the benefits of using Cannabis, the latest legal landscaping (as it is ever changing), to answer questions for my reader's and to just educate the stigma out of Cannabis. Last week I received a question from a reader about P.T.S.D. and Cannabis. I decided to answer in this weeks blog.
In order to know how Cannabis effects the body and why it works, you need to know a little about anatomy and physiology (structure and function). Interesting fact is we have a Endocannabinoid system within your own body. We have cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 these receptors are found throughout the body. The Endocannabinoid system is responsible for most of the physiological responses in the body. The Endocannabinoid system regulates the creation, consolidation, and extinguishing of traumatic emotional memories. Considering that P.T.S.D. typically is triggered by an extreme traumatic event. Some classic symptoms are repetitive and intense recollection of the event, the body does this through flashbacks or nightmares. Cannabis a has been shown to help alleviate the symptoms of P.T.S.D. it should be noted that Cannabis is not a cure for P.T.S.D. There are therapist for traumatic therapy, there is cognitive therapy treatments as well as other innovated therapy modalities to help with treating P.T.S.D. The cannabinoids in Cannabis work within the Endocannabinoid system attaching to the cannabinoid receptors we have regulating almost all of your physiological responses.
The areas in the Limbic system are mostly associated with P.T.S.D. For instance a patient with P.T.S.D. will have significant physiological changes the amygdala (responsible for processing fear) becomes significantly heightened, while the Medial Prefrontal Cortex (involved in decision making), becomes smaller, while the Hippocampus (formulating long term memories) is in a hypo-responsive state during symptomatic P.T.S.D. The goal of treatment for P.T.S.D. would be to diminish these traumatic memories. Cannabis has been shown to reduce the response to stress. P.T.S.D. changes the structure and function of the amygdala, the amygdala is the part of the brain associated with emotional memory and fear conditioning. Endocannabinoid CB1 receptors are abundant in the anatomic areas of the fear network. P.T.S.D. patients have changes in their Endocannabinoid signaling and a decrease in the amount of CB1 receptors in these anatomic areas.
Low doses of THC may have positive effect on the endocannabinoid signaling system to help calm the overactive amygdala and counter flashbacks and nightmares. Some strains that have been shown to help alleviate symptoms would be Blue Dream, O.G. Kush, Pineapple Express, Master Kush and Cannatonic strains. Please remember to speak with your Physician about Cannabis. If you are taking prescription medication please do not stop taking your medicine without speaking to your Physician. Enhancing your wellness is your choice, your health and your tomorrow. I will leave you with a suggested blessing. May you embrace yourself just as you are right now. May you consider the possibility that all forgiveness benefits your health and aids in your healing.