Memorial Day and PTSD

Memorial Day is a holiday known for barbecues, parades and road trips. It’s a day set aside to mourn and honor our fallen heroes who have sacrificed their lives while protecting our great nation. No one is disputing the worthiness of this national holiday, however there is a movement to recognize the struggles that veterans face when they leave the battlefield. For some of these soldiers, Memorial Day and other military holidays serve as reminders of everything that they’ve been through and act as triggers for such conditions as anxiety, depression and PTSD, which may have developed while they were in service.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an extreme anxiety disorder that can develop following a severe trauma or life-threatening event. This definition is quite broad and can mean different things to different people. This definition also includes sexual violence and rape. According to the RAND Corporation, at least 20 percent of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD and/or depression. The consensus is that the percentage is much higher due to under-reporting, in addition to traumatic brain injuries. A further study found that approximately 50 percent of these veterans will seek some form of treatment. Then the statistics further deteriorate regarding the quality and duration of treatment received.

According to the National Center for PTSD, symptoms include:

Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms). These are also called, “flashbacks”. One might experience memories or nightmares or even may feel like they’re going through the event again.

Avoiding situations that remind you of the event. A person might avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. They might avoid talking or thinking about the event in hopes of suppressing it.

Having more negative beliefs and feelings. The way a person thinks about him or herself and others may change because of the trauma. There might be feelings of guilt or shame. Or, they might not be interested in activities they once enjoyed. Moreover, he or she might feel that the world is dangerous and find it difficult to trust anyone. They might be experiencing numbness or finding it hard to feel happy.

Feeling keyed up (also called hyper-arousal). He or she may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. Or, they could have trouble concentrating or sleeping. They could experience bursts of anger or feel irritable, startle easily, or act in unhealthy ways (like smoking, using drugs and alcohol, or driving recklessly.

If these symptoms sound familiar to you, treatment should be sought out. PTSD is an extremely complicated and a life altering disorder. Those who have served in military are at a higher risk of developing such conditions than the general population. As such, it is critical that we do more to highlight and raise awareness regarding veterans and PTSD to better facilitate access to treatment.

For further information, please refer the following PTSD and Cannabis Treatment Links:

https://www.leafly.com/news/health/cannabis-and-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

https://maketheconnection.net/conditions/ptsd?gclid=Cj0KCQjwuYTYBRDsARIsAJnrUXDFQjWYGzk4macr_xLRg29BZ2TXd641PYkJDGgHjWVB1Keq3Ly1lLUaAoS9EALw_wcB

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/ptsd-overview/basics/how-common-is-ptsd.asp

https://www.wehonorveterans.org/veterans-their-needs/specific-populations/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

https://www.projectcbd.org/ptsd-post-traumatic-stress-syndrome

– Catherine Bouvier

Now is the time for ice cold CBD Coffee!

Has anyone else been thinking that it’s almost summer? Spring is halfway over already?!

One ingredient that has always tempted me are figs. My mum used to have the Fig cookies. I think this year I am going to manage to make it to the farmer’s markets and really explore there offerings, I know there is one in Union square every week.

I’ve hardly made any summer recipes these past few years, especially with being in kitchens most of my life…

With that being said, I’ll try to make the rest of this post short so I can finish my work then make an effort to get outside for a bit this afternoon to enjoy the sunshine 🙂

So below is a few ideas to tempt your summer-ness out!!

Try having a nice ICED COLD CDB COFFEE recipes to come…..

Below are a few Recipes to take your CBD Beverage that one step further …

And if adventurous, a few simple recipes for infusing our coffee into other every day delights

 

CBD COFFEE FIG COMPOTE

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 c. brewed CBD Flower Power coffee
  • 7 oz. pkg. dried mission figs, stems removed and figs quartered
  • 1/4 c. honey (preferably local)
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. cardamom
  • 1/8 t. cloves
  • 1/8 t. nutmeg
  • 1 t. orange zest

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the coffee, figs, honey, spices and orange zest. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes.
  • With a slotted spoon, remove figs from pan. Simmer liquid an additional 5 minutes, uncovered, over medium heat until reduced and syrupy. Combine figs and syrup and allow to cool to room temperature on the counter. Then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Post your pictures to our Facebook page and we shall send you a little something to brighten your day!

CBD Coffee as a pre-workout

Coffee has been found to accelerate fat loss and has great fat burning properties. When ingested before exercise, coffee can cause fat cells to be utilized as a source of energy rather than glycogen. CBD helps our endocannabinoid system (ECS) better regulate the hunger/reward mechanism in the brain, where there is the highest concentration of cannabinoid receptors. Make sure to stick to black coffee to limit caloric intake

Increases performance. There are numerous studies that indicate a link between caffeine intake before exercise and increased athletic performance. The high amount of caffeine found in coffee can facilitate a longer workout in addition to a higher volume of power released while working out. As such, coffee should be ingested on an empty stomach 30-60 minutes before exercising

Both CBD and coffee improve focus, which further adds to the effectiveness of your workout.

Furthermore, both CBD and coffee decrease muscle pain. CBD is a well- documented anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. In addition, the University of Illinois found that subjects who drank coffee before working out, experienced less pain during their workouts than those who drank non-caffeinated beverages.

There is no doubt that drinking CBD infused coffee would be extremely beneficial as a pre-workout supplement. We would recommend 1-2 cups of the Guru as a potential pre-workout supplement.

– Catherine Bouvier

About CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD): Is one of the most abundant compounds found in Cannabis. CBD has been documented as Anti-Oxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-psychotic, Anti-epileptic, Immunosuppressive, Neuroprotective, Anti-emetic, Anti-bacterial, and as an analgesic to name just a few. CBD has also been shown to be effective in easing symptoms of difficult to control conditions including PTSD, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, and neurological disorders.

But unlike other compounds found in Cannabis, CBD is legal in all 50 states, has no psychoactive effects, and will not make you fail a drug test. CBD should be utilized by everybody to help strengthen and maintain their physical, neurological, and psychological states for optimal living.