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6 Ways to Reduce PTSD Stress During the Holidays

We found this article online, just in time for the Holidays! And wanted to share it with our readers… Written by MICHELE ROSENTHAL, you can find the full article at:  HealthyPlace.com

You change after trauma, but everyone else expects you to remain the same. Up until the day of your trauma (whether that was birth or any time afterward) the people around you have expectations for who you are, how you should behave, what you will and won’t do and that you will make choices in alignment with their agenda. The stress and pressure of these expectations can become enormously overwhelming – especially over the holidays.

How to Stay True To Who You Are When You Have to Be More Like Everyone Else

The holidays can bring stress to people suffering with PTSD. Be true to yourself while practicing these 6 PTSD tips to reduce stress during the holidays.A season of expected joyful connection is particularly tough if you’re depressed, sleep-deprived, anxious, hyper-vigilant, trigger-sensitive and struggling to suppress uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and memories. When your focus on coping already taxes your energy and patience, the forced attitude toward and interactions with others during the holidays can put you into overdrive. The result: increased feelings of shame, self-blame, guilt, fear, and panic. Plus, more frequent meltdowns, lash outs, tears and rage often occur.

So many survivors put on a mask on top of the usual survivor mask and muddle through to New Year’s day with a plastic smile and a hollow laugh. While that might appease those around you it comes at a price: You abandon what your true self needs. You know who you are and what’s important to you. This holiday season stay true to who you are by carefully planning and managing how you fulfill what others what you to be.

Ways to Avoid PTSD Stress Over the Holidays

It’s virtually impossible to avoid the holidays altogether but having a plan for being in control of how you experience and manage them can be the difference between a breakdown and chin up. Try these six ways to stay in alignment with you are while lining up to share the holidays with everyone else:

    1) Set limits by planning ahead. Maintain a sense of control and balance by choosing what you will do, when, how, in what way and with whom. Rather than allow yourself to get corralled into situations that feel uncomfortable, decide in advance what you will do and share this decision with others so that they understand your game plan. Decide how many events you’re willing to attend, plus the length of time you feel you can manage. Put in place boundaries that support your choices.

    2) Have an exit strategy. The best way to go into a commitment is knowing you can get out. Feelings of powerlessness increase when you feel you have zero control. For everything that you agree or commit to this holiday season, maintain control by knowing what you will do to take a breather, how you will escape if you feel overwhelmed and how to get away or spend some time alone for self-care and restoration.

    3) Say no. It’s not your job to make everyone else happy. Your number one task is to keep yourself on as even a keel as possible, to ensure your safety and to stay on your path to healing. It is absolutely okay to refuse requests or to modify your willingness to positively respond to them.

    4) Do it your way. Friends and family may have their ideas about how and when and for how long each get together occurs, but you have the right to choose your level of engagement. For each event that you agree to, ask yourself, “What do I need to be able to manage this?” Then, choose the most healthy options and implement them regardless of how others respond. (For example, if in the middle of a big family dinner you need 10 minutes alone to meditate and ground yourself, take the break even if it raises some eyebrows!)

    5) Be real. It’s true, you can’t go to every party or family gathering with an enormous frown, but you also don’t have to be the life of the party. Find a place of neutral that feels comfortable: offer a smile but stay within a true range of how you feel. Chat but don’t try to please everyone by being the funniest, happiest or _____ person in the room. Operating in a range of being true to you reduces stress, which will allow you to be more relaxed and successful in your interactions.

    6) Just look at the next five minutes. The holiday season and each individual gathering can stretch out over the next month like a very long and steep road. Stop looking ahead. In every minute, focus on just the next five minutes. Keep your vision rooted in the present to reduce anxiety (which is, of course, worry about the future) and conserve energy so that you spend your inner resources where they matter (here and now) as often as possible.

All year friends and family have watched you struggle. They have (or in some cases, have not) offered to help, support or accept the way your past continues to affect their present. You and your safety and comfort are your number one priority. Still, when appropriate you can also imagine a sense of compassion for their confusion, loss and sense of helplessness. Because of what they’re experiencing they’ll want things to feel a certain way over the holidays. Naturally, this will create a distance between you as their desires and expectations don’t jive with your own.

At the core of PTSD recovery is your bid to shift out of a sense of deep powerlessness and into a place where you feel powerful in ways that allow you to choose who you are, how you live, who you love, where you work, when you play and all the other aspects that create a life that feels good to you. The holidays and PTSD are tough. They are also a good place to explore, discover and practice identifying who you are and what is important and meaningful to you; then identifying ways for you to create that.

CBD OIL: Anxiety Aid and Much More

This often misunderstood hemp extract may be a health miracle for many.

You’ve probably heard of—and wondered about—CBD (cannabidiol), a constituent of the hemp plant that’s being used in everything from topical creams to daily supplement pills. And even though CBD has been used as a medicinal cure for thousands of years around the world, it’s still shrouded in mystery—and fears that it will make you high, or that it’s not safe for kids. Here’s what you need to know:

1. It comes from the hemp plant, which is in the same plant family as marijuana.

But it’s different. “CBD is like marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin,” says Alex Corren, founder and CEO of Hempower Nutrition, Inc., in Boulder, Colo. CBD is made from a type of hemp that’s very low in THC, the component that’s responsible for marijuana’s mind-altering effects. The hemp plant has been used for thousands of years for building materials, textiles, and food products such as hemp seed and hemp oil—which is not the same as CBD oil (more on that later).

2. It’s safe.

Unlike medical marijuana, which contains large amounts of THC, CBD products are not psychotropic, meaning they don’t cause the euphoric feeling associated with marijuana. Most contain minuscule amounts (less than 0.3 percent) and some are completely THC-free, Corren says. CBD won’t impact drug tests, and it’s safe enough for children. In fact, CBD came to national prominence with the discovery of its ability to halt seizures in children with drug-resistant epilepsy. And while both THC and CBD are considered phytocannabinoids, they interact with the body in very different ways. THC works by directly binding to cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2). CBD doesn’t bind to these receptors but instead interacts with the endocannabinoid system.

3. It impacts a body system you probably didn’t know you had.

CBD works by interacting with the endogenous cannabinoid system or endocannabinoid system (ECS), a collection of cell receptors that play a fundamental role in the function of the nervous and immune system. The human body produces its own endocannabinoids—the highest concentration is in mother’s milk. CBD works with the body’s own system, blocking or reducing the breakdown of naturally occurring endocannabinoids.

4. It’s not the same as hemp oil.

CBD oil is different from hemp oil and hemp seeds found in grocery and natural food stores. Hemp oil is derived only from hemp seeds, and does not contain appreciable amounts of cannabidiol; CBD products, on the other hand, are made from the whole plant, not just the seeds. There are thousands of varieties of hemp, and the cultivars used for CBD oil contain significantly higher concentrations of cannabidiol.

5. It’s legal—sort of.

CBD is legal, but because of issues related to growing hemp, the production process exists in a regulatory gray area. Growing hemp in the U.S. for commercial purposes is prohibited and is restricted to research and pilot projects. So hemp that’s used to make CBD products (as well as hemp oil, hemp seeds, and hemp clothing) in the United States is usually imported from other countries—primarily Eastern Europe, where hemp has been grown for the past 40 years. However, because “pilot project” is a loosely regulated concept, Colorado and other states are increasingly beginning to cultivate hemp. CBD, at any rate, is legal in all 50 states.

6. It’s highly refined—in a good way.

The hemp extract used to make CBD oil comes from cultivars that are already higher in cannabidiol. To further concentrate the active components, that material goes through a solvent-free extraction process that involves CO or other methods, in a manner similar to the production of essential oils. The extracted oil is then tested for contaminants and toxins such as heavy metals, as well as for cannabinoid content.

7. It really works.

Studies are proving the ability of CBD to stop seizures, calm anxiety, reduce inflammation, ease depression, and soothe chronic pain. “CBD has the potential to be the most important wellness ingredient in the last 50 years,” says Corren. “CBD is important for nervous and immune function, and in the same way probiotics aren’t just for people suffering from digestive disorders, CBD is not just for sick or hurting people. It’s for anyone who wants to be proactive about their long-term health.”

How CBD Can Work for You

Epilepsy
Many studies (and reports from CBD users) have confirmed that CBD is effective in reducing the frequency and severity of seizures in both children and adults.
Arthritis
CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can reduce symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, without side effects. It’s effective both orally and topically.
Cardiovascular health
A number of studies have shown that CBD can protect the heart by lowering blood pressure and reducing damage caused by heart attacks and strokes.
Depression
CBD can exert antidepressant activities within minutes of consumption, possibly by impacting levels of serotonin, the brain’s feel-good chemical.
Anxiety
A number of studies show that CBD can treat a wide range of anxiety issues, including general anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Cancer
As an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, CBD can reduce the risk of cancer, and can slow or halt tumor growth in existing cancers.


Dosage guidelines: Effective doses vary widely, based on the severity of symptoms and the balance or tone of an individual’s endocannabinoid system. Generally, though, doses start at 5 mg and may go as high as 200 mg. Start small, and increase dosage gradually, dividing the total amount into multiple doses if that is effective until you find what’s right for you.


LISA TURNERNOV, BetterNutrition.com

15 Surprising Facts About Medicinal CBD Oil Treatment

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 12:33:40 AM America/Los_Angeles

Have you heard about all of the incredible benefits of CBD oil treatment? For those who believe the only effect of the cannabis plant on the human body is laziness, think again. CBD packs a serious punch when it comes to the treatment and prevention of many common ailments and diseases. Plus, it accomplishes all this without any sort of psychoactive high, hallucinations, paranoia, laziness, or other negative effects. That’s why CBD oil is even used to treat children and pets. Curious? Read on for a deep dive into the numerous benefits of CBD oil treatment.

First Things First: What is CBD?

CBD is a cannabinoid that is commonly used in the form of an oil. It can be ingested or applied to the skin to receive the positive effects. It’s different than most marijuana products because it won’t get you high.

In order to understand CBD, we must clarify how it is different than THC.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. This compound is, like CBD, a type of cannabinoid. It causes many different effects in the human body including elation, hunger, drowsiness, paranoia, and memory impairment.

For several reasons, THC for medical treatment still carries a lot of controversies.

However, there is another medicinally beneficial cannabinoid called Cannabidiol, or as it is more commonly known CBD.

CBD does not have a psychoactive property. Meaning, CBD affects the body more than the brain.

How Does CBD Work?

CBD is one of over 60 different cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant.

Our bodies absorb the effects of cannabinoids through two different types of receptors: CB1 and CB2. These are both found throughout our bodies but most concentrated in our brains and immune systems, respectively.

CB1 receptors (which attract THC), are responsible for the effects of marijuana on our mood, memory, sleep, and pain.

The CB2 receptors (which attract CBD), are responsible for anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing effects.

To clarify, the reason CBD is non-psychoactive, unlike THC, is because of its lack of affinity to CB1 receptors.

That’s why CBD has a variety of positive effects on the human body and brain, without causing any sort of “high.”

There are a variety of ways in which people can benefit from CBD oil treatment. Some may surprise you. Let’s dive in.

15 Incredible Uses for CBD Oil Treatment

The isolation of CBD opens up a whole new world of possibilities for those who can get great relief from cannabis. It is also a way that cannabis treatment can be better integrated into daily life.

For example, you may have read some headlines on the benefits of CBD including its astounding effects on children fighting severe epilepsy.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Find out why CBD oil treatment can help manage epilepsy and much more in this comprehensive list.

1. Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Perhaps most notably, CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory.

When injured or defending itself against foreign invaders, the body naturally responds by sending extra attention to the affected area.

This process is called inflammation.

In order to take care of the problem and heal itself, the arteries dilate and blood flow increases. This allows the damaged cells to be surrounded by the germ-fighting white blood cells and hormones.

Short-term inflammation is beneficial for many ailments. However, long-term or chronic inflammation can be extremely damaging. In some cases, the white blood cells begin attacking healthy organs, tissues, or cells. In others, the body loses its awareness of the need for healing because it is in a constant state of inflammation.

Chronic inflammation has been linked to several diseases such as arthritis, asthma, emphysema, and heart disease, to name a few.
Inflammation causes discomfort and pain. As indicated by several studies, CBD oil treatment can reverse and prevent those symptoms by reducing inflammation at the source.

2. Acne Treatment and Prevention

A lesser known benefit of CBD is its ability to treat and prevent acne. Did you know acne vulgaris is the most common human skin disease in the world?
A study of the effects of CBD on acne was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in 2014. It found that the anti-inflammatory effects and prevention of excessive lipogenesis.

Let’s try to put that in English: when your body over produces oil, it can cause acne. The oil in our skin is more scientifically known as sebum.
Sebum is excreted by our skin’s sebaceous glands. The process of sebum creation is called lipogenesis.

You probably know that oils like olive oil and coconut oil are made from an isolation of the fats, or lipids within the plant. So, it’s no surprise that the oil in our skin is made from lipids, or fatty acids as well.

Lipogenesis = fat synthesis which creates oil. Excessive oil can clog pores and cause acne.

CBD inhibits lipid synthesis, especially over production of it, like is the case with acne vulgaris. This can nip the acne in the bud.

CBD can clear your skin by eliminating one of the most common sources of the problem at the source.

3. Veterinary CBD

Pot for pets? All of the CBD benefits for humans affect household pets like dogs and cats the same way. This is great for pets suffering from seizures, separation anxiety, cancer, injuries and more.

Typically distributed orally via olive oil, small doses of CBD can be extremely beneficial to some pets.

Since CBD has no psychoactive properties, it is impossible for your pet to get high, hallucinate, or experience any of the other psychotropic affects associated with marijuana.

It is perfectly safe for pets to take a regulated CBD oil treatment. Many pet owners recognize relief and a better quality of life in their pets with regular treatment.

4. Cigarette Addiction Treatment

CBD may have a valuable purpose in fighting nicotine withdrawal.

The Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit at University College of London observed 24 cigarette smokers in a double blind placebo study.

The smokers were given an inhaler, some of which contained CBD, and some did not. This distribution was chosen at random. The smokers were instructed to use the CBD or placebo inhaler when they had the urge to smoke a cigarette.

After seven days, the participants using the CBD inhalers saw a decrease in cigarette consumption by almost 40 percent. The participants with a placebo inhaler saw no change in the number of cigarettes they smoked.

5. Fibromyalgia Treatment

Fibromyalgia is characterized by difficult to treat chronic pain and tiredness. Many prescription treatments have minimal results and unpleasant side effects.
CBD oil treatment may help sufferers of fibromyalgia by reducing inflammation. In addition, CBD treatment can relieve pain, aid with sleep, soothe depression, and more. All this without any habit forming or negative side effects.

6. PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) Management

CBD provides anxiety relief and calming effects for many of its users.

Unlike smoking marijuana with THC, which can cause paranoia and worsen PTSD symptoms, CBD can soothe the user.

Calming anxiety and stress are extremely beneficial to PTSD management.

7. Anxiety Disorders and Stress Management

CBD oil treatment reduces the body’s natural response to fearful circumstances such as public speaking.

The reduction in anxiety can be attributed to the reduced heart rate and blood pressure caused by CBD. This creates a calming effect on the body, even in the face of stressful circumstances.

This is also true for pot smokers, or more specifically, users of THC. If you end up too stoned, CBD may be the answer. CBD can actually offset the psychoactive properties of THC by de-stimulating the CB1 receptors in the brain.

Therefore, if you have had negative experiences with marijuana in the past, it could likely be due to the disproportionate ratio of THC to CBD.

Pay attention to the percentage of each of these cannabinoids and aim for an appropriate CBD content to mute the paranoia or other negative effects of THC.

8. Schizophrenia Treatment

CBD can benefit patients with schizophrenia because of its neuroprotective traits.

That’s because CBD may reduce symptoms of schizophrenia by stabilizing disrupted NMDA receptors in the brain.

A double blind controlled clinical trial was performed by Dr. F.M. Leweke comparing cannabidiol with a prescription antipsychotic called amisulpride.
The trial tested the different treatments on 42 participants with acute paranoid schizophrenia. Both treatments led to a significant decrease in psychotic symptoms.

The difference? Cannabidiol had no negative side effects, where as the amisulpride had several.

9. Crohn’s Disease Prevention and Treatment

Studies suggest that CBD oil treatment can reduce the permeability of intestinal cells.

This is great news for people with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease because the cannabis oil helps the body block the absorption of harmful intestinal bacteria.

10. Multiple Sclerosis Treatment

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is characterized by the long lasting damage to the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

CBD oil treatment studies suggest that the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD can benefit patients with MS, aiding in pain reduction and slowing the progression of this disease.

Outside the U.S. a drug called Sativex by GW Pharmaceuticals is used to treat muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis. Sativex contains a 1:1 ratio of THC and CB, distributed by an oromucosal spray.

The theory behind this drug involves an “entourage” effect, meaning that the stimulation of CB1 and CB2 receptors simultaneously can be used to effectively treat muscle spasms, pain, brain toxicity, and many other common symptoms of MS.

11. A Cure For Insomnia

Since CBD can be so beneficial in combating anxiety, it’s no surprise that it can help our bodies calm down and get a restful sleep.

With no habit forming qualities or known side effects, CBD oil treatment may be one of the safest ways out there to cure insomnia.

The relaxation benefits mean a more relaxed heart rate which can help you fall asleep in the first place, plus increase sleep longevity.

12. Improved Heart Health

CBD’s antioxidant properties can help your heart health by aiding the elimination of excess cholesterol and reducing vascular tension.

It’s anti-inflammatory effects can help to reduce strain on the heart, improving its overall function and health.

13. Seizure Disorder Management and Treatment

Perhaps the most newsworthy attention cast on CBD oil treatment thus far has been for its incredible effects on treating epilepsy.

Many parents turned to CBD oil treatment after exhausting other treatment options with negative side effects or nominal results.

Giving “pot” to kids stirred up a lot of judgment and controversy, but since CBD has no psychoactive properties, its effects are exclusively beneficial.

Many seizure medications leave epileptic children in a fog, as opposed to this cannabis derived treatment. Ironic isn’t it?

While clinical trials are still underway to confirm the effectiveness of CBD oil treatment for seizures, many epileptic patients and parents of epileptic children have reported many miraculous benefits of CBD.

14. Cancer Treatment

Research has shown that cannabidiol can inhibit cancerous tumor cell growth.

CBD has even shown an ability to kill cancerous cells, allowing the body to eliminate them entirely. This is due to its anti-oxidative properties.

Considering 7.6 million people die from cancer every year, this discovery is huge.

CBD oil treatment and THC treatment are also beneficial for cancer patients, providing pain relief, nausea relief, aiding with appetite, and more.

15. Prevent Diabetes

Chronic inflammation can lead to insulin resistance, also known as type 2 diabetes. CBD oil treatment can improve the body’s metabolism and insulin absorption by combating this inflammation.

When the body can actually absorb glucose, it is easier to prevent hyperglycemia, manage weight, and regulate blood sugar levels.

Imagine the relief of preventing or even curing diabetes by releasing a patient’s insulin dependence, all with no side effects.