Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after any life-threatening, alarming, or dangerous event. During such an experience, the person’s body triggers its flight-or-fight response to protect and prepare them. Once the danger is over, the majority of people will allow the event to recede from their memory causing no permanent harm. For a smaller majority who suffer from PTSD, they continually relive the event even when the danger has passed. Living in a constant state of stress, these people can have nightmares, generally don’t sleep well, are easy to startle and can be prone to angry outbursts. This affects not only the person who experiences PTSD but also those who live and work with them, having far-reaching consequences for our communities.
Surprisingly, the endocannabinoid system may play a part in the incidence and alleviation of PTSD. Exciting, new research is shedding light on the fact that people who suffer from PTSD may produce lower levels of anandamide, a cannabinoid-like substance produced naturally in the body. People who produce these higher levels suffer less from PTSD than those with lower levels. Supplementing with external sources of cannabinoids, such as a full-spectrum hemp oil, may help augment the body’s reservoir of this important factor. Our full spectrum hemp oil is produced by a very gentle and slow ethanol-based extraction method, which is done at -17°F. That means neither high heat nor high-pressure compromise the profile of the hemp flower or its cannabinoid or terpene content.
A widespread problem, PTSD affects close to twenty percent of U.S. combatants in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. PTSD, often associated with war veterans, can also happen to sexual abuse victims, survivors of car accidents and natural disasters, and people injured in a physical assault. It is estimated that close to eight million Americans suffer from PTSD (from other causes).
Given these statistics, it’s encouraging that in the last couple of years, the National Institute on Drug Abuse authorized an FDA-approved study to research the effects of smoked and vaporized cannabis on military veterans with PTSD. This includes a CBD-rich variety. This early research promises to open up exciting avenues to further our understanding of the integral part the endocannabinoid system plays in our emotional and physical health.