Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects more than 2 million Americans. It develops in response to a shocking, frightening, or dangerous event. Although our active-duty military and veterans represent the lion’s share of PTSD cases, PTSD also affects police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel, victims of dangerous crimes such as rape, and people who have been involved in accidents and catastrophic natural disasters.

Hemp Extract is an effective PTSD treatment, delivering acute and long-lasting effects in reducing fear memories.

PTSD and anxiety are triggered by “adverse memories.” We store memories of a traumatic or emotional event in the part of our brain called the hippocampus. For most people, these adverse memories will eventually fade away. However, rather than dissipating, memories caused by traumatic events will recur in dreams as well as becoming activated by stimulating events. This results in the release of major stress hormones, creating anxiety, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, depression, nervousness, etc.


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Studies have proven that Hemp Extract is able to decrease the responsiveness of the hippocampus to stored adverse memories. When these traumatic memories are inactivated, the body can return to a more balanced and properly regulated system.

Hemp Extract can help to reduce or alleviate the effects of PTSD in the following ways:

  • Blocks mood receptors
  • Regulates pain receptors
  • Helps to enhance extinction learning
  • Regulates stress hormones

Considering that most traditional treatments for PTSD are ineffective, Hemp Extract offers great promise as a safe and effective way to help heal PTSD.

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Frank Davis,
Founder and CEO of Optivida Health


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Reductions in circulating endocannabinoid levels in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder following exposure to the World Trade Center attacks.

*Neuropsychopharmacology. 2005 Mar;30(3):516-24.Enhancing cannabinoid neurotransmission augments the extinction of conditioned fear.


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