As per the recent statistics provided by the (NIMH) National Institute of Mental Health, a shocking sixteen million Americans suffer from (IED) Intermittent Explosive Disorder, which features itself among the lesser-known types of mental illness.
Symptoms of IED
- Breaking staffs and damaging property
- Road rage
- Verbal as well as physical aggression
- Frequent fighting
- Acts of harming oneself
- Heightened energy level at the time of an aggressive outburst
- Suicidal attempts
- Fatigue after the outburst
- Experiencing tension or pressure inside one’s chest or head that builds prior to an episode
- Hearing an echo
- Cognitive symptoms:
- Impaired concentration
- Poor occupational or scholastic functioning
- Low tolerance level for frustration
- Mood changes before an outburst
- Intense anger
- Blinding rage
- Irritability at the time of outburst and also between intervals
- Sensing loss of control prior to an episode and post-outburst
- Feeling Guilt or shame after an episode
Causes of IED
- Hereditary: Children with a genetic history of IED are more prone to develop this disorder
- Physical: A dysfunction in the brain’s frontal lobes and the limbic system could trigger IED
- Environmental: Kids raised in such homes, where physical as well as verbal abuse and also explosive behavior is a norm, have the propensity to develop this disease
- Being male
- History of brain and head trauma
- History of childhood trauma
- History of physical abuse in childhood
- Being teens and those in the twenties
- History of substance or alcohol abuse
Effects of IED
- Academic impairment
- Drop-out from school
- School suspension
- Poor social skills
- Substance abuse/addiction
- Child abuse
- Alcohol abuse
- Domestic violence
- Suicidal ideations
- Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
- Anxiety disorders
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD)
- Depression disorders
- Substance abuse/addiction
- Personality disorders
- Bipolar disorder
Anger Management with Cannabis
When someone consumes cannabis, it starts to search through that person’s body similar to a flat tire. It looks for inconsistencies and holes and tries to repair them. If anyone is suffering from a chemical imbalance linked with the (ECS) endocannabinoid system, taking a shot of cannabis can fix that imbalance.
During a past study conducted on four hundred people, half of the sample set was administered placebos, and the other half was given hemp oil supplements. The group that received cannabidiol (CBD) reported significantly lower levels of stress in comparison with the one that took the placebos. Yet another study performed on people diagnosed with social anxiety suggested the benefits of CBD for anger management and also the association between the herb and anxiety. Again, half of the sample group consumed CBD, but the other half did not. Those who consumed the CBD showed lower levels of stress as well as better cognitive functioning. Those who were not given CBD exhibited elevated levels of alertness, which is pretty much standard in people suffering from anger management issues.
Furthermore, the study even revealed, when hemp oil is used; a person’s overactive brain can be made to calm by regulating its neurotransmitter. The researchers also discovered, when CBD was administered, the human subject’s emotional responses to panic or fearful situations become much less severe. Thus, CBD provides one with the power to think clearly at the time of panic.
The anger problems of many people come from the pain and suffering they are in. It is no surprise that patients with chronic pain gradually build up irritability. Fortunately, CBD seems to offer a ray of hope for these people too. It boosts the human body’s pain-regulating chemical known as (AEA) anandamide. It is known too as the brain produces (THC) tetrahydrocannabinol. CBD blocks the AEA-breaking enzymes, and thus, aids in managing pain. Hemp oil medications also heighten the concentration of the already existing AEA.
Top Cannabis Strains for IED Management
- Stephen Hawking Kush (SHK), a high-CBD Indica, offers gentle euphoria and powerful sedation because of its THC content. It is an excellent medication for anger, anxiety, and stress. SHK’s Indica properties will cause calmness physically and mentally, though a couple of hits will cause sedation instead of slumber. It can be taken in the form of an all-around medication in the daytime, as well as a sleep aid when used in higher amounts.
- Canna Tsu is necessarily a cross between two popular high-CBD strains; namely, Cannatonic, and Sour Tsunami. This hybrid offspring’s high CBD and low THC content provide mental clarity and a mellow high. Canna Tsu can be used in the daytime without any worries and will instantly offer a feeling of calmness.
- Strawberry Cough is essentially a Sativa that has surprisingly high relaxing properties. It comes with the delicious aroma and flavor of strawberries, hence the name, and contains up to 26% of THC content. It is extremely popular among folks suffering from anxiety and stress, because of the overwhelming sensation of happiness and positivity, as well as some refreshing energy; it does happen to offer. Note that it is slow-acting, and one should be taking it moderately, and allow the time its effects need to kick in.
- Skunk Number One lists itself among the original hybrids ever designed in the 1970s. SNU’s terrific genetics have helped spawned various other big players in the cannabis business. It does have a distinct skunk smell; hence the name; and found to be extremely beneficial in treating stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also act as sleep medicine when taken in appropriate quantity.
- Master Kush is one such legendary Indica strain that was created by crossing two landrace strains from Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is famous for inducing a total, full-body high, sans the couch lock. In addition to delivering a sharpened, heightened awareness, it also helps in treating insomnia.