Post-traumatic stress disorder is a common mental disease that affects people who experience a traumatic event.
The current treatment of PTSD so far involves psychotherapy and medications. However, these medications have uncomfortable side effects. As a result, patients and doctors are opting to use natural treatments like CBD.
Overview of PTSD
Not everyone suffers from trauma after experiencing a tragic event but some eventually manifest the symptoms of PTSD.
According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), 7 to 8 percent of the country’s population experience PTSD. Women and children are most at risk of developing PTSD.
Manifestations of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)
PTSD symptoms include restlessness, sleeplessness, lack of concentration and angry outburst. However, these are just the initial symptoms that patients experience. To combat involuntary flashbacks, some PTSD patients use alcohol, unprescribed depressants, opioids, or stimulants.
Effects of CBD on PTSD
CBD is used to help treat many mental disorders such as depression and anxiety disorders. Since PTSD is linked to serotonin levels, CBD helps regulate these hormones by binding specific receptors and stabilizing the endocannabinoid system.
By reducing anxiety attacks, patients can cope with emotional triggers better and forget exaggerated triggers or fake fears relating to the traumatic event.
According to a cannabinoid expert and medical practitioner Dustin Sulak, DO, CBD helps to reduce memories of trauma. It manages the hyper-aroused state by properly storing trauma memories in the process called fear extinction.
CBD promotes homeostasis resulting in the health and well-being of a person.
Subjective Evidence of PTSD Patients
In ongoing observations and experiment of using CBD on PTSD patients, many have commented about how great it helps improve their lifestyle. For example, Certified Life Coach Dineen M. Carta has been struggling with chronic anxiety for decades due to PTSD. However, by using CBD, the symptoms of PTSD are easier to deal with.
With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, clinical trial and research involving CBD are expected to increase which would improve our understanding of this compound. Before using CBD, it is advisable to consult a specialist to discuss the right dosage.
The research into CBD is still in its infant phase. It is important to note that CBD is not used to cure diseases but only help manage the symptoms and restore balance.