#4 Reduce Anxiety and PTSD
Some of the most exciting research being done right now with cannabinoids has to do with its affects on anxiety and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Research specifically for military PTSD began in Israel in 2004 and has been one of the main hubs for medical cannabis research since. Now that CBD is federally legal in the US and cannabis is fully legal in Canada, researchers have the opportunity to further determine what elements of cannabis can be beneficial to a variety of ailments. It’s an exciting time!
PTSD develops after a traumatic event and it seems that there is no way to “turn off” the emotional and physical symptoms of the event afterwards. For example, a veteran could have recurring dreams about the event to the point they cannot sleep. They could also be triggered by sounds or visuals in everyday life that immediately bring them back to that dreadful experience. This is where cannabis can truly help. By activating CB1 and CB2 receptors in the nervous system, these cannabinoids prevent retrieval of traumatic events, blocking those memories and nightmares from coming up into the forefront of their minds. It has become a popular treatment for PTSD patients because they’re able to keep their emotional wellbeing in check and live their day to day life without as many triggering events.
Have people told you they can’t smoke weed because they get super anxious? Well, that is true to a degree, some may have experienced the wrong strain for them, or had too much, which can also induce anxiety. A recent study by WSU found that “smoking can significantly reduce short-term levels of depression, anxiety, and stress” but this can depend on the strain and quantity. For example, just one dose of a high CBD strain can lessen anxiety, a little more of a high CBD strain can help with depression, and a decent amount of a high THC strain may help with stress. Think the higher the THC the better? This is not always so. All of the cannabinoids in a specific strain react with each other, so a good balance between CBD and THC would be best for these symptoms.