CBD oil is just one of three ways Allen Bauer discusses as a coping mechanism for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder also known as PTSD. Learn all three methods here.
What is PTSD?
The National Center for PTSD lists PTSD as “…a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.”
Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Reliving the event. (Many events can trigger this. It could from being stuck in traffic which causes a fear of being ambushed, to driving under a bridge recalling an attack from above. Just taking a walk downtown and having to scan the roof tops to make sure shooters aren’t there.)
- Avoiding situations that remind you of the event. (Avoiding sitting in a restaurant because it reminds you of a suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives into it.)
- Having negative beliefs and feelings. (Feeling that you will fail, never amount to anything, never be able to find someone to love.)
- Feeling keyed up or hyper arousal. (I get to this point where I’m all spun up and find it hard to go to sleep at night. My mind races at 100 miles per hour and on different subjects. Often this is followed by a crash that leads into depression.)
- Feeling hopeless, shame or despair. (It’s hard to readjust to civilian life. Sometimes the only place you feel needed is back on the battle field.)
- Depression or anxiety. (I feel depression often after a high of my mind racing. I feel anxiety worrying about the future.)
- Drinking or drug problems. (Many vets turn to one or both of these for relief.)
- Physical symptoms or chronic pain. (Panic attacks, feeling like you can’t breath, feeling like you are having a heart attack or a stroke, feeling like you will pass out, chronic pain in my joints, back, shoulders, etc.)
- Employment problems. (I found it very difficult to get hired at first. Or many vets miss work because of depression or anxiety problems and are fired.)
- Relationship problems including divorce. (In my case, I’ve been married and divorced four times already. It’s really hard to maintain a relationship.)
Some of my coping mechanisms
Trying to avoid remembering birthdays and death days of friends, coworkers and loved ones.
I know a lot of time I’ll see friends on Facebook post something like this:
Happy Birthday to my Mom in heaven. She would have been 70 years old today. I miss and love you every moment.
While it seems like a nice gesture and garners sympathy from others, it’s not something I can personally use. I’m not judging anyone who uses it. Please don’t get me wrong. But when you have about 150 friends, family members and coworkers who you’ve lost to death, if I remembered all their birthdays and the day they died, almost every day would be a bad day for me.
Instead I turned to the Russian Orthodox church teachings which I follow since I’m Eastern Orthodox. Two weeks after Pascha (Russian Easter) we have what is called a Day of Remembrance.
The Day of Remembrance is where we go out to the graves of our loved ones and clean them up, bring flowers, share a shot of vodka, and tell stories about good times we had. It’s a family event and meant to be positive.
While it’s meant to be positive you can still feel depressed a little. But the good thing is instead of having 150 days for each person who died, I can remember them all on this same day together.
Memorial Day is the other day I allow myself to think about the past
On Memorial Day I remember all my fellow veterans who have gone before me. Some died in combat, some from suicide and others from natural or other causes.
So with this one coping mechanism I basically allow myself only two days out of the year to be depressed.
Now this doesn’t mean the other 363 days of the year are all happy and joyful, but it sure is a lot easier to try to only deal with a couple of bad days a year.
In face in time these days have become less painful and more about looking back on the good times and smiling.
My second coping mechanism is to to talk with a counselor or a friend
The Veteran’s Administration or VA has a great counselor, at least here in Saginaw, Michigan where I go to. She wasn’t pushy and only let me go as deep as I felt comfortable with going.
She told me I had been through a lot, but was impressed with the coping methods I was using.
The bottom line is if you get really depressed you need to go talk to a counselor or a friend. Sometimes a friend is all you need. Just someone to listen to you and try to understand.
If you really get depressed and feel like ending it all through suicide call 911. Don’t do anything until they get there and get things under control. I’ve lost a couple from my unit to suicide already. You may think no one cares, but trust me you affect a lot of lives.
My final coping mechanism has been a real game changer for me by using CBD Oil
Some of you may have heard of CBD oil and some have not. Most people who know what it is, still confuse it with marijuana. However, I’d like to use this picture below to try to clear things up a little:
There are approximately 86 or more cannabinoids in cannabis. Hemp contains them all except for THC. THC is the psychoactive one that gets you high. Hemp contains less than .3% THC. So you won’t get high. Hemp also contains at least double the CBD which helps you. The minimum CBD is 20% or higher in hemp.
A typical marijuana plant with have at least 20% THC and upwards of 30% or more in the high grade plants that make you high. The CBD is much lower though. At best you are only looking at 10% CBD in marijuana.
So it makes more sense to get your CBD from hemp instead of marijuana. It has a higher concentration of CBD and it won’t get you high. You don’t need a medical marijuana card for hemp based CBD oil since the FDA considers it a food and not a class 1 drug like marijuana. In fact marijuana and heroin are both class 1 drugs. I don’t agree that marijuana is harmful like heroin but the DEA thinks so.
Plus if you ever want to buy a handgun and get a concealed carry permit, you can’t do it if you have a medical marijuana card. You can if you only use CBD oil made from hemp though. Just not CBD made from marijuana.
Plus if you are drug tested or just want to hold a normal job, it’s a hell of a lot easier to go to work sober instead of high. So why take risks with marijuana based CBD oil when you can get better from hemp that doesn’t make you high?
The benefits of CBD oil when it comes to PTSD are tremendous
While it doesn’t cure anything and I’m not making any medical claims about it, it sure does help to alleviate the symptoms and make them more bearable to deal with.
I have another video on how to take the CBD Oil drops listed here: https://allenbauer.com/hempworx-cbd-oil-correct-dosage/
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In Summary take your CBD oil, talk to a counselor or a friend, and limit yourself to only a couple of days a year to remember the past.