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Cannabis Helped PTSD From Being Shot In The Head

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I was shot in the head during a home invasion when I was eighteen. This has led to severe anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more than one suicide attempt.

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I tried all the ‘normal stuff’ that they like to prescribe: Zoloft, Lexapro, Xanax , and Elavil. All of these caused rapid heartbeat and racing thoughts. These also did nothing to stop me from several suicide attempts.
Life became unmanageable for me.
I tried using cannabis to get some relief for my mind, and to cure the PTSD from being shot. And guess what? It worked.
Usually I prefer the indica strains, such as OG Kush, Key Lime Pie, and my favorite of all – GG4. I like to smoke my cannabis in a cigarillo because it lasts longer and I can get multiple uses out of it. Further, I also vape and consume edibles when I can find them.
I have a degree in Applied Science and do inspection in the chemical refineries and I live in Texas where cannabis is illegal. It makes me have to choose between a good paying job (that does random drug tests) and having an actual Life. Without cannabis, depression and PTSD get the best of me and I am unable to sleep. Plus I then have serious problems being around others.
I am a huge advocate for cannabis and always will be. I was asked earlier if I would ever move to a legal state and my reply was as soon as my daughter graduates, I will be moving. It’s just crazy that anyone would have to choose between a natural herb and man made poison.
God Bless and keep the movement alive!

From RxLeaf: How Does CBD Effectively Treat PTSD?

Outside of its powerful anti-inflammatory characteristics, CBD also well known as an anti-anxiety compound. Even for PTSD from being shot. It’s so useful for the treatment of anxiety; it treatment is already one of the most commonly cited reasons for CBD use. When it comes to PTSD, anxiety is an underlying matter alongside insomnia, depression, and other interconnected mental health issues.

 This effect on anxiety is already one of the main reasons why people with PTSD self medicate with cannabis. Considering it has such an excellent safety profile, CBD is thought to be safe to use even with a complicated diagnosis of depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

ptsd from being shot

 A recent study looking at oral CBD for the treatment of the symptoms of PTSD found extremely positive results. The study allowed the participants to take CBD as needed, throughout the eight-week trial. They continued to maintain their conventional PTSD treatments at the same time as the CBD. After the course of eight weeks, 91 percent of the participants reported a measurable decrease in their symptoms of PTSD.

 A significant part of the symptom reduction the participants reported a reduction in the occurrence of nightmares. A separate study using a synthetic cannabinoid supported this anti-nightmare characteristic. In this study, participants with PTSD reported a complete cessation of nightmares and a reduction in daily flashbacks. It should be noted this second study was with a synthetic compound, and not the natural plant.

Sleep Help Too

 The struggle to return to a healthy, undisrupted sleep cycle in folks with PTSD is a challenging one. Insomnia is an active ingredient to the complicated mental illness of PTSD. For some people, it’s hard to fall asleep, and for others, their sleep is continuously disturbed by nightmares.

ptsd from being shot

 Cannabidiol has shown massive potential for encouraging healthy, normal sleep patterns. Interestingly, in some studies, CBD increases wakefulness during the day and deeper sleepiness at night. So far scientists believe CBD’s ability to promote healthy sleep cycles is its promotion of the REM sleep cycle. However, cannabis’s effect on sleep is complicated and not entirely understood. We need more research.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a very challenging illness to treat. It compounds the effects of many mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and more. Cannabidiol is one of the few natural compounds which is safe to use across all these symptoms. As the personal story highlights above, it is also already the treatment of choice for many people dealing with PTSD, even from being shot. Science is only now catching up to find out why.

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