Approximately 12 million adults in the U.S. have PTSD during a given year.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem. PTSD can develop after someone goes through or witnesses a life-threatening event. While it is normal to have stress in reaction to these events, most people start to feel better after several weeks or months. PTSD is often diagnosed when the trauma is still upsetting or disturbing day-to-day life after a few months. Some symptoms of PTSD include hypervigilance, depression, anxiety, withdrawal from loved ones, nightmares, or reckless behavior. Many times, PTSD is associated with combat veterans, but often occurs outside of war.
HOW CAN CANNABIS HELP
Sadly, PTSD can be a difficult condition to treat. However, here at Insa, we have heard from many veterans that cannabis can aid them with the symptoms PTSD can bring. For instance, cannabis has been shown to help turn the dial down on the hypervigilance many people with PTSD experience. Studies show how cannabis can reduce activity in the amygdala – a part of the brain associated with fear responses to threats.
According to studies, cannabis can help with anxiety. The mood-boosting effects of cannabis can also alleviate depression in the user. THC can disrupt the REM cycle enough for those suffering from traumatic nightmares to prevent dreaming.
THE POLITICS OF VETERAN PTSD AND CANNABIS
Some veterans have difficulty using cannabis to help treat their PTSD since the Veterans Affairs (VA) does not approve of cannabis. Despite evidence to the contrary, they believe that there are no studies that support the use of cannabis to treat the symptoms of PTSD. The Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) on the other hand, does support the use of cannabis to mitigate the symptoms of PTSD. The VFW has even held festivals with the intention to teach veterans how to correctly use cannabis. Some veterans who have access to care outside of the VA have been able to retrieve a medical card for cannabis.
VETERAN BENEFITS AT INSA
Here at Insa, we understand that most veterans are on a tight budget. Unfortunately, cannabis is not covered by insurance. To ease the expense of cannabis, we offer two profile discounts to veterans who have their medical card. The first, available to all veterans, is a 20% discount. This discount is good on all regularly priced Insa products. The second veterans discount we offer is for those with a 100% disability designation. If qualified, the veteran will receive 40% off Insa products. For more information on what documentation is needed, visit one of our medical dispensaries or call 1-877-500-INSA. To all veterans, Insa thanks you for your service.
PRODUCTS TO LOOK FOR
According to some studies, products that have a good amount of CBD to THC seem to have the best chance of helping with the symptoms of PTSD. This can be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD and the effect on the nervous system of THC. Keeping this in mind, those with PTSD should start with products that have a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, such as the Insa Northern Lights vaporizer, and Insa 1:1 tincture.
Have questions about cannabis for PTSD? Visit any of our dispensaries or call 1-877-500-INSA to get answers from one of our knowledgeable and highly trained associates.
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