First let’s understand the symptoms of PTSD. An article from Healthcare in America wrote, “PTSD can develop following a traumatic event such as being in combat or experiencing a life threatening moment like a natural disaster or assault. This leads to lingering memories and difficulty sleeping as well as functioning normally while at work or in school. Not only that, but an individual may experience major emotional change and perception of the world, and these symptoms can make it just about impossible to maintain a standard quality of life.”
If this mental and physical distress goes untreated for several months the person is at a high risk for developing PTSD. Psychotherapy and medication has been used to treat PTSD symptoms and now with the medical use of cannabis on the rise it can be a safer alternative to addictive medication.
Why would CBD work for those suffering with PTSD? CBD is able to help PTSD sufferers by improving the endocannabinoid system’s mediation of essential functions including memory consolidation and retrieval. By activating CB1 and CB2 receptors located throughout this core system, cannabinoids could prompt the system to produce neurotransmitters that help promote happiness, pleasure, and memory. These cannabinoids may assist PTSD cases by preventing the retrieval of underlying trauma, preventing traumatic memories and nightmares, and help achieve emotional wellbeing.
People suffering from PTSD have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep due to vivid flashbacks, thoughts, and nightmares. CB1 receptors help turn off traumatic memories so that people can easily stop paying attention to them. CBD has a ripple effect because using it regularly will help relieve stress and anxiety associated with thinking of the traumatic event(s) causing the problem. The relief of these obsessive thoughts will help the person fall asleep and with the receptors help of blocking the traumatic memory they in theory, will not have the nightmares. This ripple will continue because improved sleep patterns also help reduce stress and anxiety and will support vital health functions.
PTSD patients have found the use of CBD to be more effective than antidepressants and opioids, as well as prevent the possibility of addiction when they are already at an increased risk for drug and alcohol abuse.
PTSD is a serious disease that many people in the world suffer from. CBD has become increasingly available in the United States, as well as quite affordable. As always, it is important to do thorough research on PTSD, CBD, and the specific company you are purchasing from. It is also important to involve your doctor in the decision to use CBD for PTSD treatment.