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Cannabis as a Spiritual Partner: AlleviatingAnxiety and PTSD Symptoms and Promoting Healing

Updated: Jan 7


by Wendy Edge

Brainspotting and Reiki Practitioner, Life Coach, and Occupational Therapist in Fayetteville, AR


Introduction:


In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in exploring the therapeutic potential of cannabis as a spiritual ally for reducing anxiety and alleviating symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While cannabis has often been associated with recreation, the medical benefits are becoming clearer. One day, when prohibition is lifted, more scientific studies can be accomplished. Still, there have been an increase in scientific studies as more and more states legalize the herbal medicine. Many of the studies conducted, show promise not only for physical ailments, but also for improved mental health.

Its profound impact on mental and emotional well-being is increasingly recognized within the holistic healing community. This article delves into the transformative role of cannabis, shedding light on its ability to open channels of healing.

By harnessing its potential, individuals can not only address their own trauma but also extend a compassionate hand to support others on their journey to recovery.


Cannabis and Its Active Compounds


Cannabis, rich in active compounds like cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, have exhibited significant promise in mitigating symptoms of anxiety and PTSD. Emerging research shows that cannabinoids interact directly with the human endocannabinoid system at CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the nervous and immune systems of the human body, and have multiple physiological functions. Cannabis it seems, can effectively assist in the regulation of mood, manage stress responses, and aid in the processing of emotional memories. When used consciously and in appropriate dosages, cannabis has the unique ability to induce a state of relaxation and introspection, offering profound relief to those grappling with anxiety or the distress associated with PTSD. Other compounds of the cannabis plant that are healing are called terpenes. Terpenes, or the aromatic oils found in plants, also provide assistance to decrease inflammation and pain, promote relaxation, assist with sleep, and optimize the body’s ability to heal. Some commonly found terpenes in cannabis medicine  that help with these symptoms are B- carophylene, myrcene, and limolene. There are other plant compounds that are healing as well, and that is why whole plant medicine is important to the healing process, as the cannabis plant works best when the entourage effect is employed. The entourage effect is the theory that the full spectrum of all of the compounds of the cannabis plant works best together. That is, the interaction between all of the compounds from a cannabis plant, such as cannabinoids and terpenes, come together to enhance each of their individual effects.


Unlocking Inner Self-Awareness


A remarkable facet of employing cannabis as a spiritual partner lies in its capacity to open channels of introspection and self-awareness. By forging a deeper connection with one's inner self, individuals can confront and process unresolved trauma, thus fostering newfound clarity that paves the path to healing and personal growth. For countless individuals, cannabis serves as a catalyst for self-discovery and self-acceptance, providing a path to harnessing the courage to confront and conquer past traumas and present problems.

Because cannabis medicine works with the body to create homeostasis, it seeks balance. If one isn’t getting enough sleep it will assist with sleep. If one is unable to eat due to fear, anxiety or depression it assists with appetite. If one suffers from PTSD and can’t stop flooding memories, remembering too much- it will decrease constant flow of thoughts so one can think more clearly. Cannabis is all about balance, particularly in the nervous and immune systems


A Community of Healing


The healing potential of cannabis extends beyond individual experiences. Many individuals who have discovered solace and healing through cannabis feel compelled to find like minded community members, and also pay forward what they have learned. This phenomenon has given rise to a community of support, and holistic well-being initiatives. Within these communities, a sense of unity and shared purpose flourishes, providing a safe haven for individuals to heal and support one another on their journey towards wholeness.


Conclusion


In conclusion, cannabis has emerged as a potent spiritual partner for those seeking relief from anxiety, PTSD, and trauma. Its capacity to induce relaxation, promote introspection, and facilitate healing renders it a valuable tool in the pursuit of mental and emotional well-being. What's more, the sense of interconnectedness stemming from these experiences frequently inspires individuals to become healers in their own right, thus propagating a ripple effect of healing and empowerment within their communities. It is imperative, however, to approach cannabis with mindfulness, respect its potency, and, if considering its use, consult with a healthcare professional to ensure its suitability for one's unique circumstances. Embrace the potential of cannabis as a spiritual companion, and embark on a path toward healing and transformation.





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