Combating PTSD Trauma with THC and CBD
Cannabis - God's gift.
At first, they had no idea what was in their special brownies. Their down home treatment was working to treat the physical and mental damage of veterans that returned from the war, Eventually they realized It was the CBD, THC, cannabinoids and other ingredients that not only treated the symptoms, but helped cure their condition.
VETERAN SUICIDE - MORE THAN YOUR AVERAGE TERRORIST ATTACK - EVERY DAY
Recent statistics released by the US Department of Veterans Affairs report that more than twenty veterans commit suicide per day, or one per hour. The cause is usually PTSD and it is crucial to treat this condition that ruins-the lives of countless men and women's families. Not confined to the battlefield, both veteran and civilian lives alike hang in the balance.
PIONEER STARTS ONE OF THE FIRST DISPENSARIES
Not widely known is the fact that women play a much larger role in the evolution of medical marijuana medicine, particularly when it comes to caring for patients. For example;
Lynette Shaw opened one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries in California. From the first day, she had veterans of all ages and wars that flocked to her little store in search of relief from phantom limbs, sleeplessness, flashbacks, wild mood swings, headaches, the trauma that followed them home from the battlefields. Through trial and error, and feedback from the patients, Lynette pieced together the healing relationship between THC, CBD and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
“We had no idea that CBD was helping Vets. In the early days, we would make brownies with Bakersfield Brown, for the spinal injury victims, and eventually we knew that it was the CBD that was helping treat their swelling."
Years later, Lynette co-founded Veterans Cannabis Group with Iraq War Veteran, Sergeant Aaron Augustus. Their main goal was and remains to educate and support veterans struggling with the residual traumas of war.
PTSD results from a traumatic experience of any kind: warfare, an accident, disaster, severe abuse or other. PTSD affects all types of people from all walks of life. A person with PTSD can be triggered to feel stressed or frightened at any time, long after the danger has passed. This prolonged “fight-or-flight” mode may cause nightmares, flashbacks and cause the victim to seek isolation as a way to avoid being triggered. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, eight percent of the population experiences PTSD at some point in their lives.
"For those struggling with any mental health issue, particularly PTSD, a good night’s sleep is critical to heal the mind and body. To achieve a full night’s rest, strong purple or fruity Indicas are a popular way to combat PTSD nightmares. Eating edibles before bedtime lends a longer-lasting all night relief because the active ingredients are time released."
CBD has become increasingly popular because of its myriad of health benefits. CBD has been reported in hundreds of medical studies to help a wide range of ailments, from chronic pain to epilepsy to treating cancer and everything in between. While the research shows that THC and CBD together work best for most patients, CBD is effective on its own, and has not psychoactive stoning effect.
While many find relief in CBD-dominant strains, from her experience in the field, Lynette recommends medicating with both THC and CBD for optimal effects. These two cannabinoids are known scientifically to enhance one another, making the psychoactive effects more balanced while treating the pain and leveling the mood.
High-THC strains, particularly sativas, can especially stimulate patients and promote feelings of wellbeing. Lynette, who has also struggled with PTSD herself, says that she is particularly fond of Sour Diesel for lifting feelings of heaviness and depression. Sativas or sativa-dominant hybrids are also helpful in physically stimulating and encouraging patients to get moving and make peace with the outside world.
Many patients who medicate with marijuana don’t fully realize that different strains produce different effects. Lynette always asks about personal cannabis experience when meeting a new patient. Hybrid strains, CBD:THC ratios, dosages and ingestion methods all play important roles in mediating properly with cannabis. Each patient responds differently to cannabis so it is important to start with small doses and observe how the strain interacts with an individual’s body chemistry.
MILITARY FUBAR ON MARIJUANA
Before 2004, American veterans could lose their military benefits if they consumed marijuana. What a joke. The current military marijuana policy is ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ and VA doctors are still not allowed to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients. Fortunately, medical marijuana is legal in California and many other states, so veterans have the medical marijuana option as opposed to taking heavy medications such as opiates, sleeping pills and anti-psychotics.
At the federal level - not the state level, marijuana and its main ingredients THC and CBD are still a Schedule I substance. Everyone, apart from Jeff Sessions knows this is a joke when the Feds say it has “No currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”
While it is difficult to scientifically study the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in the US, much of the world is producing a wealth of papers at a rate of two major studies per day on the outstanding benefits of cannabis and its ingredients.
PLUG FOR CARE BY DESIGN
Care By Design, a Santa Rosa CBD company, makes their own CBD-to-THC concentrates.
Their products come in five different CBD-to-THC ratios, allowing patients greater control over their personal dosage. Care by Design has begun to conduct their own research into the effectiveness of medical marijuana. They recently interviewed hundreds of veterans who reported that their marijuana use was comparable to conventional treatments for PTSD.
While the Federal Government does not recognize the medical potential of cannabis, the DEA does allow limited studies on medical marijuana. Actually, the Fed braintrust know very well that marijuana is a great medicine. That's the problem. When people have access to marijuana, they ditch their pharmaceutical pills, because pot works better and there are less side effects, plain and simple.
Welcome to conspiracy theory 101. That's right, Big pharma pays off Washington to ban marijuana. Well, that statement is also dated. Big booze companies, Monsanto and the like are poised to buy up the legal startups of the marijuana industry as we speak. Never mind, people can get their marijuana in legal states and this is the main issue.
One bright light, perhaps in a PR show by the FEDS, The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) headquartered in Santa Cruz was approved to research the effects of THC and CBD on veterans suffering from PTSD.
Santa Cruz researchers believe that the anti-inflammatory properties of THC and CBD alone provide therapeutic benefits for PTSD sufferers. They will study 75 veterans suffering from PTSD who will be given either high-THC, high-CBD, a THC/CBD combo or cannabis placebo during the study. While we welcome this study, we already know what the results are, which are the same results found worldwide... which is ... cannabis and its ingredients work very well to treat PTSD in the majority of cases.
MMJDoctorOnline Notes: In California, to this day, veterans require a medical marijuana card or doctor's recommendation to purchase marijuana from any source: dispensary, cannabis club, cooperative, delivery service or other point of access. Fortunately the process of getting a medical marijuana ID can be done online. Our process takes patients only a few minutes to apply and they don't have to pay until a licensed physician has approved their request.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness that develops after a life threatening event such as; sexual abuse, war, accidents, physical and mental violence. PTSD Symptoms surface a month or so after a traumatic event and include; disturbing flashbacks, avoidance or numbing of associated memories, hyperarousal and response.
"Mood disturbance, physical disability, and quality of life all improved significantly during study treatment with Medical Marijuana and its derivatives " - Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego
"My doctors shunned me and didn't approve of me doing it. One doctor said I could get some repercussions for doing it. But I did it legally. And I know for a fact — I'm a walking testimonial — that it works." - Emanuel Herrera, Former Army Staff Sergeant, Purple Heart recipient
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