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.
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:
People who suffer through several months of these symptoms are at risk of developing PTSD. I should know because I’m one of them.
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.
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.
CBD is often endorsed for relief from symptoms of PTSD commonly experienced by veterans.
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:
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:
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.
The potential benefits of CBD may affect the serotonin receptors associated with depression.
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.
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