MORE on Cannabinoids and Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cynthia Lan Sears, MS, CHES 

In 2002 Maurice Elphick of Queen Mary University in London presented his research at the annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology. Elphick had previously ​demonstrated that the cannabinoid system in mammals "is a fundamental signalling system in the central nervous system of vertebrates, where it plays a role in movement, pain, and learning and memory.” The 2002 presentation built on his previous work. He had discovered cannabinoid receptors outside of the nervous system among invertebrates, specifically sea squirts. This means that the receptor for cannabinoids existed much earlier in the evolutionary line than previously estimated. Cannabinoids have served a biological function in animals since invertebrates evolved (Genomeweb, 2002).

The Endocannabinoid System 

The endocannabinoid system is the largest neurotransmitter system in the brain. This system can be affected either by cannabinoids from outside of the body (exogenous), or those…

The Endocannabinoid System and Therapeutic Use of Medical Cannabis, THC and CBD

As of 2017, Florida legalized the use of medical marijuana via registration with the compassionate care registry. Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products are available by prescription to patients meeting the diagnostic requirements for illness and disorders that have clinically demonstrated alleviation of symptoms under treatment protocols that include medical marijuana. A wide range of conditions may benefit from medical marijuana treatment ( because the symptoms of these diseases share commonalities – muscle tension/spasms, anxiety, neuropathic and migraine pain, nausea, appetite suppression, and agitation.

Medical CBD resulted in a significant improvement in my quality of life. In previous blog posts starting in October of last year I disclosed a severe decompensation into PTSD symptoms related to my experience both during the election cycle and a lack of support from my home department at the University of Florida. I worked diligently using the traditi…

Medusa's Transcendence

I'm working on a long and involved post about Westworld, PTSD, suffering, and insight/awaking. In the meantime I found this little tidbit in a journal and thought I would share because it really reflects where I am right now.

I'm still incapacitated with PTSD reactivation. Unfortunately, as we do, the social support begins to wane over time (Ptucha, p. 6-8). It's emotionally exhausting to support someone in crisis, and I've met my quota for the year. This is how brilliant people lose their career, I suppose. Social support is often cited, I've been in many a classroom where this was listed by graduate or doctoral student as a protective buffer for many a chronic disease and social ill. The conceptualization of social support as a static rather than dynamic element of the individual experience is problematic.

If social support is static, then we can move forward after checking a yes/no box without consideration for the future condition of this element. Social suppor…

Year of Yin

A word on Westworld, Flashbacks and PTSD

The idea for this post came to me suddenly, while I was applying makeup for no reason at mid morning. I have always thought of makeup as a kind of "war paint" - adding flesh colored layers on top of my true face, to create a mask that stimulates different kinds of reactions depending on emphasis on eyes or lips, the color scheme, the number of layers, etc.

Makeup is without a doubt artistry, you can peruse Instagram for some exquisitely shining and also exquisitely horrific examples of this art, with the array of gender identities becoming the socially acceptable canvas for expression, with the makeup artist using their own face, the faces of others, or a combination of both. Makeup artists can make a healthy living these days, and the use of makeup for movies, TV, special effects, and even for the more mundane events of life, that are cause of celebration but as commonplace as grass, like bridal parties and prom and QuinceaƱeras and Bat Mitzvahs. We humans love our makeup.

PTSD Reactivation

I feel obligated to provide an update on my President-elect Trump PTSD reactivation.

The reactivation of PTSD symptoms due to present-day stressors has previously been observed and commented upon in the psychiatric community. Trauma reactivation and treatment has been a topic under some consideration for over 25 years, though most of the research centers natural disasters and combat veterans. Other women have written articles about what this election means for a woman with PTSD, a domestic violence survivor shared how Donald Trump was triggering her PTSD. A caller on the Thom Hartmann Show described how triggered she was by the election. The Women's Radio Network also ran a piece on PTSD and the Election.

Triggered, Trump, Trauma
I've also put aside my personal reactions and tried to understand the viewpoint that rejects or reduces the use of the term "Triggered" to something akin to feeling uncomfortable or mildly offended. I've seen friends misuse the term, as…

What exactly do you need me to do?

Yes, what I had assumed was unthinkable since this time last year has actually happened. The scenario I sincerely believed to be utterly impossible in 2015 has now come to pass. Some people are glad. I am not, so if you are yay! I am happy that you are happy, but I just need a moment. I might need several moments. I am sure that my fellow humans across the ocean in the UK are also taking moments, likely in a more understated manner than I...

I'm not with them
In a phenomenon I have observed in recent days, as much as white women hashtagged #Imwithher and wore their nasty woman t-shirts with pride, white women and wealthy white people in general were responsible for putting the current president-elect in the position that he currently enjoys. I can't even look at the first 100 days proposal, I just can't right now. I just need a moment. Self care, ya'll, self care

OK. Back. Also, some white people are vehemently distancing themselves from the demographic responsible …