Stress and anxiety are common feelings among people dealing with ordinary daily life issues such as health, finances, work and relationships. Considering stress and anxiety are not unusual feelings for the average person, it is fair to assume that individuals who have experienced traumatic events have significantly higher feelings of stress and anxiety than others who have not.
Traumatic events are not limited to certain situations or individuals but most commonly, people who report heightened levels of stress or anxiety include: military, police officers, firefighters, rape victims, battered women, and abused or neglected children. Those with high levels of anxiety or stress stemming from traumatic events often report feeling triggered by certain external influences. Things like certain sounds, colors, smells, time of day, time of year, or anything that may bring up memories of the traumatic event can cause the individual to feel overwhelmed and sometimes debilitated. An individual who is feeling triggered may act out physically, seem paranoid, have difficulty concentrating, have nightmares, feel numb, have increased heart rate and sweating, or even attempt to harm themselves.
Many medically-acknowledged forms of treatment are available to those dealing with past trauma, which include: medication, talk-therapy and support groups. However, many still struggle with anxious feelings and look to additional supplements that can be added to their daily prescribed routine.
CBDs are most widely known for their success in reducing anxious thoughts, stress levels and depressed feelings. It only makes sense that those who have suffered a traumatic event may also benefit from regular amounts of CBD. Since CBD is 100% natural and does not contain THC (the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant), they are an excellent natural supplement to add into a daily routine.
Considering that CBDs are also natural mood receptors, they can help to improve the reactions caused by the triggers mentioned above. This means that with the help of mindfulness, the brain has the potential to be re-trained. Over time, the brain can learn to disassociate triggers from feelings of intense stress and anxiety.
If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic event that is currently untreated, please seek help. Past trauma does not and should not have the power to control your daily life. Therapies and treatments exist to help victims recognize, work through and move beyond their trauma.
If you are immediately concerned for someone’s safety or yours, call 911.