“Sexual abuse and different sorts of intense trauma can change the body’s communication way between the cerebrum and the adrenal organs.
This usually results in overactive adrenal function, producing excessive levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can result in increased blood pressure and blood sugar, and increased adrenaline.”- Dr. Dustin Sulak, the founder of Intergr8 Health, Maine. (It is a medical institute following over 8,000 patients who have been healing themselves with the help of medicinal cannabis).
Unfortunately, at the “healing” sessions, we find a lot of cases that are there because of sexual assaults, and all other abuses occurred on women.
These incidents are nothing but a shame to our society. Sexual brutality is a huge issue. It includes rape and various other unwanted sexual experiences.
The sexual assault survivors often face certain types of trauma that affect their neurotransmitter signaling as well, specifically when it harms the neurotransmitters serotonin and glutamate.
Both neurotransmitters serotonin and glutamate co-relate with re-encountering horrible recollections (two of the three areas of post-horrendous pressure issue indications, while the third is evasion) and hyper-arousal (excessive response against fight or flight).
Today, in this article, we will discuss how medicinal marijuana can help in Sexual Assault Related PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) and what should be the limits of intake for the survivors.
Cannabis and Its Role in Sexual Assault Related PTSD
If a woman is suffering from PTSD, most of the time it damages the quality of her life, leaving her with immense mental pain. So a PTSD sufferer should never be left untreated. Otherwise, it may even lead her to physical disease.
Now let’s see what is the part where cannabis comes into the scene with abilities to help the survivor. Well, CBD assists in adjusting the endocannabinoid system.
Thus, a cascade effect is created with the help of this rebalancing activity. Now, a cellular level of healing occurs within all other systems that are connected to the endocannabinoid system.
A few research have been organized to find out proper healing processes for sexual assault-related PTSD, and the researches show that- There have been a vast majority of the victims who have been assaulted sexually, and there are many rape victims too; they have severe chances of having been suffered from a long-lasting traumatic disease, where they will suffer from “dysregulation”.
In short, they will suffer from a trauma caused by a certain hormonal flow from Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) axis; as a result, the patient will keep suffering from traumatic conditions quite frequently.
Cannabis Has Been Proved to Have a Significant Effect on HPA Axis
Several studies have taken place in the laboratory on animals. Especially on the individuals who have been experiencing fibromyalgia, a disease condition that is related to PTSD. The usage of CBD compounds for them helps immensely in balancing the HPA axis.
In 2002, a study related to this disease condition was conducted by John Hopkins University. During the research, a high dose of CBD prompted an inclining up of cortisol reaction; normal and moderate dosages prompted changes with CRH discharge which leveled out of cortisol levels.
There were a few more studies that had shown the effectiveness of CBD compounds on digestive disorders; IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and insomnia, to be more specific. Well, both of these syndromes are related to PTSD.
The best evidence of the effectiveness of the usage of marijuana in healing the sexual assault-related PTSD so far, are the stories that thousands of women have already shared through articles, and also statements through various online mediums.
They have shared experiences of finding relief from both mental and physiological pain by using it.
One of the sufferers, a sexual assault victim Rebecca stated in an interview, “Without cannabis, I feel like a raw move on this subject. I can be tossed into an awful state easily.
However, when I use cannabis, I find that it permits me to hinder my thinking, and take a gander at things all the more unbiasedly.It is a monstrous help to escape that edgy mode where I feel that there is assault hiding everywhere.
Cannabis is the only thing I have seen as powerful in doing this.It offers me the point of view that I don’t figure I could ever accomplish without it”.
If you are a victim and thinking of adapting marijuana to keep your nerves calm and getting relief from the sexual assault-related PTSD you’ve been going through, just make one thing sure, that you consult with a medical expert related to the cannabis industry.
After that, start slowly and keep monitoring if it leaves any side effects on you, including anxiety.
Yes, anxiety! We know you’re deciding to use it to fight the anxiety, but it may leave you with even more anxiety if you use over-dosage or too much of a certain strain at one-time.
According to experts, conservative doses may be effective for you, to stabilize your blood levels in the morning, and it also improves your sleep if you take doses at night.