Soldiers and PTSD
According to Wounded Warriors Homes.org, over 540,000 current veterans have
been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. One in five came home from the
Iraq War with PTSD. Veterans are still suffering although they are using and trusting
well-known pharmaceuticals and natural products, there are still approximately 20
veterans commit suicide every day.
How Does CBD Help PTSD?
A broad understanding of our body’s endocannabinoid system, known also as the
endogenous cannabinoid system, is necessary to understanding the human body. The
endocannabinoid system is one of the most essential systems within us and interacts
with virtually all other systems of the body.
Cannabidiol “regulates” the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) via a
network of nerve receptor cells and are widely distributed throughout our bodies. Among
other things, it has been discovered that cannabinoid type 1 receptors (CB1) play an
integral role in controlling fear impulses and behavior. While impaired CB1 function has
been determined to cause anxiety and depression-like symptoms in lab animals.
Researchers have found that people who have been diagnosed with PTSD have
lower levels of anandamide (“The Bliss Molecule“). Anandamide is an endogenous
(meaning: growing or originating within our bodies) cannabinoid compound innate to all
mammals. Anandamide has been described by scientists as our “inner cannabis”
because it triggers the same nerve receptors as those activated by CBN and CBD, the
two most prevalent of the 85+ cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant.
So, one of the basic characteristics of PTSD is a measurable endocannabinoid
deficiency in these patients. Cannabinol plays a vital and natural replenishment function
for essential, organic chemical stimulation naturally balancing a patient’s entire nervous
system. A solution for the overwhelming amount of patients suffering from PTSD is from
organic Cannabinol compounds that provide relief from its debilitating symptoms.