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COLORADO PTSD RULING

Five individuals with PTSD filed a claim against Colorado over its choice not to permit their condition to be dealt with under the state's therapeutic pot program, despite the fact that the marijuana is as of now, lawful in the state for medical and recreational purposes.

Colorado as a leader in cannabis cultivation and sales and should take a glazing look at the state of Illinois and it's most recent lawsuit filed to petition adding PTSD as a condition to the current list of approved ailments.

A Cook County judge has decided that Illinois must add post traumatic anxiety issues to the state's approved list of medical conditions that fit the bill for medicinal cannabis treatment, as reported by the Associated Press. Only one day prior to the judgement, restorative cannabis program executive Joseph Wright surrendered from his position.

The Illinois veteran who filed claim, Daniel Paul Jabs, supposedly "feels this choice gives him and other military veterans experiencing PTSD the admiration they merit from the state and the representative's office," as per an announcement by Michael Goldberg, his lawyer.

This new issue will at last permit Illinois veterans and other people who experience the ill effects of PTSD access to cannabis as medication, and will prevent the state from blocking cannabis as a treatment. This is a big triumph for cannabis-curing veterans all over the place.

Lawyers contend that cannabis has been "extremely obstructed" by the medicinal board's refusal to perceive PTSD as a condition that is fitting for medical cannabis treatment. The prohibition of PTSD from the list was made regardless of a proposal from Colorado's main medicinal officer Dr. Larry Wolk.  

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment awarded $2 million to Dr. Sue Sisley for her study on cannabis in treating PTSD. It appears Sisley has to source the plants for the study but her sources are not able produce the kind of cannabidiol-rich strains she needs. Her source of weed being that of the University of Mississippi streamlined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

On the alternative, she could walk into any local dispensary and purchase what she needs for the study but  that would make things too UNcomplicated. It would simplify things and most certainly expedite the process. In addition to that, Colorado would be receiving taxes on the money that's spent in the local dispensaries. It's as though there is no common sense among-st lawmakers.  

The FDA approved two medications for PTSD, Paxil and Zoloft. According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, neither are more effective than a placebo.

From a legal point of view, Colorado voters approved Amendment 20 which  allows the Board of Health to add conditions. Currently Section 14. of Amendment 20 states; Medical use of marijuana for persons suffering from debilitating medical conditions as used in this section,  terms are defined as follows;

(a) "Debilitating medical condition" means: (I) Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or treatment for such conditions;

(II) A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition, or treatment for such conditions, which produces, for a specific patient, one or more of the following, and for which, in the professional opinion of the patient's physician, such condition or conditions reasonably may be alleviated by the medical use of marijuana: cachexia ( a wasting syndrome):  severe pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those that are characteristic of epilepsy; or persistent muscle spasms, including those that are characteristic of multiple sclerosis; or

(III) Any other medical condition, or treatment for such condition, approved by the state health agency, pursuant to its rulemaking authority or its approval of any petition submitted by a patient or physician as provided in this section.

In the largest understanding of our mutual habitation on planet earth, let's get it together folks.  Suffering is absolutely unnecessary and avoidable.  Wake up and do the right thing

MrD.

10.1.2016

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Best Strains for PTSD or Anxiety

Posted by CANNASaver on Tuesday, 31 August 2021 in Canna Blog

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that affects many men and women around the world. Though often associated with military veterans, PTSD can also develop after a traumatic experience in one’s life.

PTSD can occur in anyone following a traumatic event. 

Symptoms do vary but are often extremely debilitating. Those affected with PTSD may flashback to the extreme trauma through a hyper-aware brain and nightmares. This can bring difficulty concentrating or sleeping. 

Cannabis usage for those with PTSD or anxiety has become an option for dealing with mental ailments (definitely something we like, vs some of the prescription meds that are handed out).

Let’s look deeper into PTSD and marijuana, with our goal being that we find the best strains for PTSD or anxiety. 

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Why Marijuana For PTSD & Anxiety

The relationship between PTSD and marijuana has more to it than one may think at first. Though THC and CBD don’t occur naturally in our bodies, they interact with our endocannabinoid system which kick-starts a variety of beneficial biological processes.

People dealing with PTSD often have some kind of deficiency in their endocannabinoid system. By consuming marijuana, PTSD symptoms tend to lessen with the introduction of THC/CBD. These cannabinoids gradually bring balance in their thoughts.

So, with that said, let’s get into some of the best strains for combating PTSD.

Best Strains for PTSD

We’ll go through a list of sativa strains and indica strains.

best sativa strains for ptsd or anxiety

Sativas

These are more “uppers” and have you feeling more active, alert, etc. Like a coffee or something in cannabis form.

Golden Goat 

Golden Goat is an incredibly popular strain that was created here in Colorado. The strain has a high THC potency, usually between 23-25%. The smells Golden Goat puts off are definitely unique.  The taste is similar to something tropical but also spicy. 

Golden Goat is known to help treat stress, anxiety, pain, insomnia, and depression.

Harlequin

Harlequin is a delightfully balanced cannabis strain with a high CBD content. Being higher in CBD than THC, the strain has little to zero psychoactive effects. The higher CBD levels help to treat anxiety and pain. 

Harlequin has stinky smells with tropical tastes of mango and pineapple. This strain is able to lift moods with happy feelings as well as providing focus. 

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel is a strong sativa strain with its namesake being a pungent aroma with diesel gas-like aroma.  This strain is typically pretty high in THC being between 20-25%. 

Sour D has a quick onset time with energizing effects. Consumers state that the strain helps treat stress, depression, and pains. The strain is long-lasting which will leave you stress-free and relieve pain.

best hybrid strains for ptsd or anxiety

Hybrids

These are halfway between “uppers” and “chillers.” A perfect mix, really, although each strain can lean a certain way or other.

AC/DC 

AC/DC is yet another high CBD strain on our list. 

This strain is evenly balanced between indica and sativa. 

AC/DC helps relieve pain without feeling noticeably high. This is often ideal for people with PTSD to ease the way they feel. 

Blue Dream

Blue Dream is a slightly sativa dominant strain that induces euphoria and relaxation. With PTSD often causing the inability to relax, Blue Dream has a rep for lifting moods and boosting social confidence.

OG Kush

OG Kush is a classic strain being the cross between Chemdawg and Hindu Kush. The strain leans to be heavy indica which allows strong relaxation. OG Kush has many layers of flavor and aroma. 

OG Kush is often considered ideal for PTSD sufferers since the high is known to be euphoric with a full-body calm.

This strain is a great option for those suffering from pain, inflammation, and depression.

best indica strains for ptsd or anxiety

Indicas

Lastly, these are the “chillers” or relaxers. They’re usually ones that lay you down softly and tuck you into bed and read you a bedtime story.

Afghan Kush

The legendary Afghan Kush is a pure 100% indica. Afghan Kush has heavy, body-heavy effects that will move your body into bed with ease. With the strain being rich in CBD, Afghan Kush is one of the best strains for managing anxiety symptoms in those who tend to experience anxiety/paranoia when getting high.

Afghan Kush has a pleasant earthy scent and sweet taste undertones of old-school hash. It has dense buds amounting to an abundance of trichomes. This strain will take the distractions/pains you may have accumulated during the day and melt them away like butter.

Granddaddy Purple

Granddaddy Purple is a great strain for people wanting relief from PTSD or anxiety. This strain is made up of the strains Big Bud and Purple Urkle. Granddaddy Purple has pleasant aromas of blueberry and grape. 

Granddaddy Purple is extremely effective in helping with PTSD symptoms such as pain, insomnia, nausea, and anxiety. The strain is a great way to reduce the anxieties you are feeling, causing them to come down to much more manageable levels.

Skywalker OG

Skywalker OG is a great way to bring balance to the force, or eh, PTSD/anxiety symptoms. The way of the Jedi suggests Skywalker OG for full master mode. High and enlightened we will definitely get. 

Skywalker OG is a delightful cross of Blue Dream and Pineapple Express (both great strains as well). The Strain ranges between 20-23% THC. Skywalker OG is a relaxing, pleasant, and clear thinking high. The flavor profile consists of citrus and floral. The strain has the aroma of earthy and citrus scents.  Skywalker OG leaves consumers in a happy/elevated state of being. 

Skywalker OG provides a sleepy kind of high which is great for beating insomnia and allowing for an amazing night's sleep.

worst strains for ptsd or anxiety

The Worst Strains For PTSD/Anxiety

Green Crack

Green Crack may sound scary for a reason. It is a strain known for maximum energy and thinking. The energy Green Crack provides is incomparable to other strains. Green Crack’s chemical biology means it has the ability to enhance focus, but at the risk of unwanted paranoia/anxiety. For anxiety/PTSD, I definitely say to stay away from this strain. Your demons will encircle you.

Jack Herer

Jack Herer can be an extremely anxiety-inducing strain. The strain’s ability for heightened creative effects can cause those with anxieties to have heightened worries and stresses. 

Trainwreck

For PTSD, you may not want this “Trainwreck”. The high levels of THC can cause extreme head rushes which those who suffer from anxiety disorders can often find unpleasant.  

And there you have it. Now, we most certainly don't want to convince you that cannabis is the cure for PTSD or anxiety, nor should you just get off any prescribed medication, but there are some more natural ways to deal with what you're dealing with.

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