The theme of this week’s posts has been Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. To close out the week, I will attempt to see what the science says about the role of our endocannabinoid system and our stress adaption responses. I will also mention other treatment options for PTSD.
The first thing to look at is the question of which cannabinoids have the protective or restorative effect for PTSD situations. There are enough research studies now published to conclude that the endocannabinoid system is vital to life and vital to our sanity in life. There are also enough research studies to safely say that the full spectrum combination of plan cannibinoids will help with prevention and treatment of PTSD. Recent publication in “Frontiers of Behavioral Neuroscience” investigated the individual molecules in cannabis to see which molecules have the protective role. They concluded that THC alone doesn’t have the neuroprotective effect while CBD does have protective and restorative effects on the brain PTSD symptoms. They also point out that the best results are when CBD is used in combination with the full spectrum of plant cannibinoids. Similar results are published in many journals.
The main reason CBD is so special is because it actually stimulates the production of our internal natural cannabinoids to get long term recovery, rather than providing a temporary stimulation of the cannabinoid receptors like other plant cannabinoid molecules.
Those of you who have followed my blog since the hurricane Dorian may recall that I sent out a request for assistance from psychologist or therapist with the PTSD clients I have here on the island. I am pleased to announce that my prayer seem to have been answered. Dr. Joseph is a psychologist with extensive experience in treating trauma and family stress. Dr. Joseph should be joining our Family Wellness Centre this month. She will be helping with PTSD and any other counselling concerns.
Please check with us if you fill in this survey and feel that you need help with any of the issues (especially ‘yes’ on questions 7-16). We are attempting to secure funding to cover the cost of counselling with Dr. Joseph. She will be available soon and we will do everything we can to get you the help you need.