After a traumatic event or experience, some individuals are left to relive that trauma in their memories and in their unconscious responses to everyday encounters. Post traumatic stress is experienced by a large population of individuals and is usually dealt with my treating it’s symptoms. We have a way to help with anxiety, depression, and difficulty sleeping. But what about the underlying cause of the traumatic impression repeated in the brain?
Early research suggests that patients with PTSD have a deficiency of endocannabinoids, which may prevent them from extinguishing the memories of the trauma.
The body has a large neurotransmitter network that is highly compatible and receptive to cannabis compounds. This network is called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). In healthy individuals, the human body naturally produces cannabis-like compounds called endocannabinoids.
Rather than simply manage symptoms of depression and anxiety, cannabis has the ability to patch the connection within the ECS. It activates the cannabinoid receptors and helps those suffering let go of the traumatic memories. By activating CB1 and CB2 receptors located throughout this core system, cannabinoids could prompt the system to produce neurotransmitters that helps promote happiness, pleasure, and memory.
The early science suggests that cannabis may have a transformative impact on those stuck in reliving traumatic memories. Cannabinoids like CBD can help empower the body’s endocannabinoid system and promote quality sleep, prevent traumatic memories from arising, and establish physical and emotional wellbeing allowing patients to regain hold of their lives.While the research continues, it is always vital to work with a trusted medical professional familiar with cannabis and in managing PTSD.