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    by Jason Higgins November 06, 2020 3 min read

    Yes. CBD can be life-changing for anyone who has depression. It can be equally important if you have experienced trauma, whether you’re a veteran, a natural disaster survivor, someone who has suffered an assault…you get the idea.

    RECOGNIZING PTSD SYMPTOMS IS THE FIRST STEP TO GETTING BETTER

    Most likely, you’re reading this because you or a loved one have survived a traumatic, even life-threatening, event. While this often feels like a victory at first, it can also lead to a lot of troubling symptoms, including:

    • lingering memories of the trauma
    • difficulty sleeping
    • major emotional changes
    • shifts in a person’s perception of the world
    • difficulty returning to a “normal life”
    • increased risk of substance abuse in an attempt to self-medicate

    People who suffer through several months of these symptoms are at risk of developing PTSD. I should know because I’m one of them.

    CBD FOR PTSD: NEW TREATMENT. NEW RELIEF.

    Traditionally PTSD was treated with psychotherapy and prescription medications, some of which have serious side effects. Many of us veterans have tried them and not found the relief we crave — and deserve. Today the government and the medical community have a deeper understanding of how cannabis, and specifically CBD, can help promote well-being and provide a safer alternative to prescription drugs for relieving symptoms associated with PTSD.

    WORKING WITH THE BODY’S OWN SYSTEMS

    CBD, along with THC, contains chemical compounds called cannabinoids. These compounds stimulate the body’s endocannabinoid system, producing various therapeutic effects. (Unlike THC, CBD does not have psychoactive effects and will not get you high).

    Cannabis, including CBD, is often endorsed for relief from PTSD.

    soldier going into a traumatic situation

    CBD is often endorsed for relief from symptoms of PTSD commonly experienced by veterans.

    HOW CBD CAN HELP PTSD SUFFERERS

    Those suffering from PTSD have been found in a recent study to have much lower levels of a neurotransmitter called anandamide than other people. Anandamide is one of the cannabinoids produced by the body which stimulate the endocannabinoid system — the source of functions we experience as happiness, fear, anxiety and mood.

    Increasing the level of anandamide helps the body help you, by acting as a natural antidepressant. For PTSD sufferers, this can mean:

    • Preventing or reducing traumatic memories
    • Improving sleep
    • Reducing daytime flashbacks
    • Stopping nightmares or making them less severe
    • Enabling emotional well-being
    • Prompting the system to produce neurotransmitters that help promote happiness, pleasure and memory

    RECOGNIZING CANNABINOIDS AS A WAY FORWARD FOR THOSE WITH DEPRESSION

    In a parallel situation, people with depression show low levels of serotonin. Besides performing many functions in the body, serotonin has been called “the happy chemical,” due to the way it contributes to wellbeing and happiness.

    While we don’t yet know that CBD boosts the brain’s serotonin receptors, it may affect how the brain responds to the serotonin that is already in your system.

    Experts say the potential benefits of CBD are connected to an effect on serotonin receptors.

    CBD appears to help ease:

    • cognitive impairment
    • anxiety
    • discomfort before public speaking
    • chronic pain associated with depression

    In addition, CBD is believed to make an impact fast — while prescription medications generally take weeks to start offering relief. Just as important, CBD does not come with side effects.

    woman struggling with ptsd

    The potential benefits of CBD may affect the serotonin receptors associated with depression.

    A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE IS POSSIBLE. TAKE A STEP TOWARD IT NOW.

    People across the world struggle with PTSD, a serious disease. The situation with depression is the same. CBD can offer better social functioning and emotional balance – helping you enjoy being with family and friends again, and reduce the damage that previous trauma or depression continues to inflict. It can turn a severely compromised quality of life back into a real life. With everyday activities, pleasures and most of all…hope.

    If you are interested in exploring what CBD might do to help you or a loved one, Easy Day Hemp offers a wide selection of CBD oils and gels to choose from.

    Jason Higgins
    Jason Higgins


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