Anxiety is how we respond to stressful situations. Calling war a stressful situation is an understatement. But for some veterans, the anxiety doesn’t go away and may even worsen over time. Nightmares, a racing pulse, and excessive worry or fear are telltale signs of chronic anxiety. For veterans, persistent chronic anxiety can also include bouts with social anxiety. When cases persist, anxiety disorders like PTSD, panic disorders, and phobias may develop.
While the association between veterans and PTSD is familiar, it is not so commonly recognized how military vets sacrifice their medical health as well to some conditions and diseases that many of us have never even heard of, including:
- AL Amyloidosis — Tends to affect veterans that were exposed to herbicides and can cause medical issues with several organs and joints.
- Brucellosis — This bacterial disease is common in Gulf War vets and includes symptoms like excessive sweating and joint and muscle pain.
- Hodgkin’s Disease — A type of lymphatic system cancer that also tends to affect veterans exposed to herbicides.
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) — This progressive neurodegenerative disease affects motor function and causes death within three to five years.
- Parkinson’s Disease — A degenerative brain disorder that causes shaking, stiffness, and problems with walking and balance. It’s also caused by exposure to herbicides.
- Traumatic Brain Injury — This is particularly common with veterans of recent wars because of proximity to explosions.
- Prostate Cancer — Because of exposure to herbicide, veterans who served in Korea or Vietnam are at a higher risk.
- Respiratory Cancers — Again … exposure to herbicides.
- Musculoskeletal Ailments — Around 60% of veterans have recently been diagnosed with joint and back disorders.
In this post, we’ll be sharing 5 hemp flower strains (4 CBD strains and 1 CBG) that may help with PTSD, anxiety, other mental and emotional disorders, along with symptoms of pain, inflammation, muscle spasms, and insomnia.
For a more in depth look at treating PTSD with CBD oil, see our article on cannabinoids and PTSD.
In addition, we have another article that really delves in to CBD effects for pain.
And, as a final note before the list, preclinical studies have shown that cannabinoids (CBD, THC, CBG — often in tandem) have anti-cancer effects. Also, there’s a lot of evidence to show that cancers in humans respond positively to treatment with cannabinoids.
5 Best Hemp Strains for Veterans
1. Hempress 2 CBD Flower
This sativa CBD hemp flower may be an effective option for anyone experiencing difficulty controlling their anger or whose stress levels can get out of hand quickly. When smoked or vaped, Hempress 2 raw CBD flower has an immediate calming effect that is followed by an alertness in the mind. This makes it a perfect strain for anyone who needs to calm down but still be productive. And its effects of relaxed confidence are accompanied by an enjoyable earthy aroma with notes of pine and citrus.
2. Bubba Kush E1 Hemp CBD
This smokeable CBD is a cross between the original, more powerful cannabis strain and the reduced potency of E1 hemp. The result is a hemp flower that smells, smokes, and tastes like the original Bubba Kush marijuana, without the psychoactive effects of THC. Its CBD effects are best described as active relaxation. Because it wraps you in a light blanket of euphoria, you’ll feel like you can cope with whatever you need to accomplish. Bubba Kush has a strong fruit smell wafting with hints of wood, spice, and earth.
3. John Snow Hemp CBG
CBG hemp flower has a way of altering your perspective when you’re feeling anxious, distracted, bored, or frustrated with others. It will lift you up and realign you so that you feel like you can continue with your day. It’s kind of like a reset button. And everyone deserves to start their day over when it gets off track. John Snow knows how to make that happen. Along with mood, it can help with appetite, sleep, and memory. This raw CBG flower has a pungent, zesty diesel scent, followed by softer tones of sweet citrus and earth.
CBG is known to prolong GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter responsible for reducing excitability. It’s also known to have anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotectant properties.
4. Suver Haze CBD Flower
Suver Haze is full of unique terpenes like β-Myrcene, farnesene, and β-Caryophyllene that contribute to its full spectrum CBD hemp flower effects. It’s a great strain for daytime relief from anxiety, depression, inflammation and stress. And because it is hemp CBD flower, it won’t make you sleepy or heavy in the body. Suver Haze has a wonderfully potent sweet and skunky aroma.
5. Purple Punch Hemp CBD
Purple Punch flower is a delicious indica strain that is as powerful as its name. This CBD herb is loaded with therapeutic benefits for those who are suffering from multiple symptoms. Its CBD hemp flower effects are great for insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, paranoia, nausea and inflammation as well as taking the edge off a long day. And you can’t beat the flavor and aroma that will remind you of grape Kool-Aid and blueberry muffins.
Bonus: Puffin Hemp Liposomal CBD
We can not talk about CBD for vets without mentioning Puffin Hemp Liposomal CBD.
Puffin Hemp Liposomal CBD oil has taken that to the next level. It wraps CBD in little customized bubbles made of healthy fats (liposomes) which allows for a much greater absorption of CBD into the bloodstream.
The Nature’s Breakthrough educational resource is just one of the ways The Hemp Haus practices its sincere commitment to and passion for educating people about CBD and helping them find the right, high-quality product based on their needs.