Disease Profile

Post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD) first gained notice in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association after a substantial number of Vietnam War veterans returned to home to the US Many showed signs of distraught mental health and were considered to be at risk to themselves and others due to hypersensitivity, self-threats and emotional distraughtness. This was brought on by the debilitating visions of war. While it primarily began and is commonly seen throughout the veteran community, PTSD can occur in any person who experiences a traumatic, highly stressful, or life-threatening event.

The Role Of Cannabis

In the brain there are endocannabinoid receptors that regulate the feeling of anxiety. Although it is normal for a person to experience these feeling of anxiety, the intensity of symptoms should dissipate over time. When the body does not produce enough endocannabinoids responsible for controlling the overwhelming fits of anxiety. This results in PTSD. Cannabinoids bind to the same regulatory receptors in the brain as the anxiety regulator, just in an opposite sense they create a calm, euphoric sense.

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