Did you know that 50 percent of the population experiences some sort of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
While PTSD is most commonly associated with veterans, many of us experience trauma at some point in our lives. Anxiety and trauma-related disorders are psychiatric diseases with a lifetime prevalence of up to 25 percent.
PTSD is caused by a deficiency of the endocannabinoid system. Multiple studies suggest that the plant-based cannabinoids in marijuana can replenish the body’s supply and reduce some effects of PTSD.
Cannabidiol or CBD is a non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant with enormous therapeutic potential. Although CBD doesn’t make people feel high like THC does, it’s causing quite a buzz among scientists, health professionals, and medical marijuana patients who are using CBD-rich products to treat a wide range of conditions—chronic pain, cancer, Crohn’s, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, and more.
“Growing evidence from human and animal studies indicates that cannabidiol, the main non-psychotomimetic phytocannabinoid present in Cannabis sativa, alleviates anxiety in paradigms assessing innate fear.” — Cannabidiol Regulation of Learned Fear: Implications for Treating Anxiety-Related Disorders
Research published in Molecular Psychiatry showed that “plant-derived cannabinoids [psychoactive chemicals] such as marijuana may possess some benefits in individuals with PTSD by helping relieve haunting nightmares and other symptoms of PTSD.” In this study, participants reported a decrease in re-experiencing the trauma, less avoidance of situations that reminded them of the trauma, and a decline in hyper-arousal.
Four Best Cannabis Strains for Managing PTSD
In a study on veterans with PTSD, researchers reported that “in most cases, a significant improvement in quality of life and pain, with some positive changes in severity of posttraumatic stress disorder was observed.
And the Veteran Program Coordinator for the Canadian Cannabis Clinics, Shelley Franklin, asserted that “Medical cannabis strains with the right CBD and THC [psychoactive chemicals in cannabis] levels are assisting veterans with chronic physical pain, as well anxiety and insomnia issues.”
If you’re looking for treatment, it’s important to find the ideal strain and dosage that works best for you. Some patients find that high THC strains work for their PTSD symptoms while others find more relief with high CBD strains.
Here are four of our favorite THC flower strains for people suffering from anxiety and PTSD.
1. Pure Kush
THC: 19-24% CBD: 1% ( 85% Indica, 15% Sativa)
Get yourself ready for a deeply calming effect that will keep you on your tush. This heavy Indica is fantastic for chronic pain relief, headaches, insomnia, stress, and anxiety. PK gives off a pungent, skunky aroma with an onset of more Sativa-like effects followed by the calming effects from its Indica side. Be careful to not be fooled and over medicate. Not only is this a great strain for patients, it’s now being said to be one of the most powerful medical strains. One patient says this flower has, “Nice buds and a long lasting high.”
2. Jack Herer
THC: 23% CBN: 1% ( 55% Sativa, 45% Indica)
Jack Herer, being a combo of Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk, is becoming a very sought after strain. With its ability to bring you an incredible euphoria, you’ll love its calming effects on neurological and mental disorders. Once you’re calm be ready for the creative and energetic effects of this piney, loamy tasting flower. If you’re looking for a daytime strain to indulge in, this is the green ticket! One patient agrees, saying this strand is, “Beautifully tight, compact bright green and orange buds. Great daytime medicine!”
THC: 28% CBD: 1% CBN: 1% (60% Indica, 40% Sativa)
This glorious mix of OG Kush and Durban Poison will leave you wrapped in its sweet and earthy aroma. GSC gives you more of a relaxed and happy sedation, being as its an Indica dominant, GSC is great for pain relief and depression. Winning several Cannabis Cups, this strain has grown in popularity, we are proud to offer this highly rated strain to our collective. One patient shared that it’s an “Excellent bud with great taste! Good choice for the midday pain and anxiety.”
4. Sapphire OG
THC: 24% (50% Indica, 50% Sativa)
Feeling down or deal with depression, this beautiful flower will pick you right back up with its berry overtones and sour skunky aroma. Once that feeling of being happy and uplifted kicks in you will truly fall in love with this Blue Hawaiian and God Bud cross. Sapphire OG will also help reduce stress, headaches, and pain. No appetite? No problem after a little of this strain! Enjoy the relaxing vibes and melt into your happy place with this sweet smelling flower.