What Marijuana Has to Do With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Despite being prohibited, many medical experts and doctors deem cannabis to be a self-medicated drug that is particularly beneficial for individuals suffering from anxiety disorders such as PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder).

There’s uncontested evidence that cannabis and PTSD and go arm in arm. That’s why many governments are funding studies which examine the relationship between medical marijuana and PTSD. While many indicate the prevalence of medical marijuana abuse in patients with PTSD, some emerging studies have a different approach to this problem, exploring whether cannabis can effectively treat PTSD?

What are the Causes and Symptoms of PTSD?

It’s estimated that 7 to 8 out of 100 people in the U.S.develop some symptoms related to posttraumatic stress. With an estimated 9.4% of the population suffering from some form of PTSD, Canada is one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to this disorder.

Causes and Symptoms of PTSD
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Posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD is an anxiety condition that can occur after experiencing a traumatic event. The most common causes include sexual assault, military combat, and traffic collision. However, it can also be caused by other threats and disturbing episodes on a person’s life.

Patients with PTSD face a variety of “fight-or-flight symptoms” that are either debilitating or infuriating. They range from hypervigilance to insomnia. Thus, the symptoms of PTSD may include:

  • Dreams referring the traumatic event (night terrors)
  • Reliving the event while being awake (re-experiencing symptoms)
  • Negative changes in feelings and/or beliefs
  • Avoiding situations that trigger bad memories of an event
  • Feeling keyed up (hyperarousal)
  • Mental or physical distress
  • Trauma-related cues

These symptoms can last for a few months after the traumatic event. Over time, this anxiety condition may trigger the certain changes in brain chemistry, when stress hormones and adrenaline are hyper responsive.

Young children with PTSD usually don’t show distress like adults, but they express their feelings and memories through the game. People suffering from this health disorder are at a higher risk for deliberate self-harm and suicide.

How Cannabis Can Struggle PTSD

It is well known that cannabis acts as a mighty painkiller drug in some painful diseases. But, that is not the only thing this powerful green herb can do. It can also serve as a powerful remedy in the fight against posttraumatic stress disorder. Two cannabis compounds are responsible for the curative effect of cannabis – CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

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Aside from reducing the “runaway” fear response in patients with PTSD, cannabis has proven to have other benefits, too. Similar to conventional psychiatric treatments and remedies, taking cannabidiol right before a therapy session can make patients calmer. This way it enables patients to better respond to a therapy.

A certain research conducted by MAPS (the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) has revealed that those suffering from PTSD have much lower levels of anandamide in comparison with people without symptoms of this disease. Anandamide is a naturally-occurring derivative of the arachidonic acid, which is also one of the endogenous cannabinoid compounds. So, we can consider this compound our inner cannabis. It is capable of triggering the same receptors in our body that can be activated by other marijuana components, such as THC among others. If only one PTSD pillar miss, the body halts producing sufficient endocannabinoids in order to replace receptor sites. This is where the marijuana and cannabinoids come in! These compounds play a healing role by filling up the missing endocannabinoids in the body.

To date, no medication can fully repair the damage caused by posttraumatic stress disorder. Yet, cannabis can provide a great respite to PTSD patients when nothing else works. Unfortunately, the marijuana-related therapies are continually disputed by government organizations. However, one thing is encouraging. Education about medicinal properties of cannabis spreads worldwide!

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is an issue caused by breast being proportionately larger than the natural size which is supposed to be. This issue could be a rather disturbing one for many men who live with this syndrome around the world. The cause of it is not the man’s fault at all as it is always and obviously beyond their control. Gynecomastia is indeed rear case during the past, but in present days the hearing of it and knowledge about it is being more exposed as the population living with gynecomastia has risen over a period of time. Continue reading “What is Gynecomastia?”

8 Daily Meditations to Treat Mood Disorders

Sometimes, the best way to overcome any obstacle is to meet it calmly, confidently, and head on. That means being aware of the situation and working every day to combat what ails you. For decades, doctors have attempted to cure mood disorders, like bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and more, with drugs and diets, but emerging research suggests that what patients really need most is mindfulness.

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Characteristic Health Issues for Men

In comparison to their opposite sex men usually contract various diseases quite earlier than women. In the case of heart ailments they develop problems 10-15 years prior to women. Men are very reluctant to go for checkups; they are always busy in managing their macho image. They need to realize the fact that if they are having some problems then go for treatment, it will not dent their macho image.

The following are some useful points for understanding some usual male heath related ailments & ways to beat them.

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Erection Dysfunction – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

When a man is unable to do sex with his partner due to erection problems is suffering from Erection Dysfunction, erection problems are most commonly known as Erectile dysfunction or Impotence.

These problems can occur at any age but they are found in men, who are suffering from different health diseases.

Treatment can help in reducing the symptoms of this disease.

According to the Massachusetts study of men relating to their age, it says that about 40% of men suffer from Erectile Dysfunction at the age of 40 years in comparison with the 70% of men at the age of 70 years. The increase in Erectile Dysfunction increases at about 5% to 15% as the age is increased from 40 years to 70 years. This really does not mean that sex life ends with the increase in age as this situation is curable.

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Get Rid of Man Boobs

Men having boobs is really an embarrassing position for them. Mostly this happens because of hormonal disorders or excess body fat. It also affects their personality & makes them less confident. When they start facing all these problems men try to get over this embarrassing situation at every coast. With some exercise and some serious efforts, you can get some fruitful relief from this difficult situation.

•    One of the best ways to resist man boobs is to participate in interval training. It will improve the body metabolism rate. It is a useful remedy to burn the extreme fat at the chest area.

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