While research on CBD (Cannabidiold) is still in the early stages, existing studies and anecdotal evidence points to exciting potential for CBD to help patients with PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder).
CBD May Help PTSD Symptoms:
- Encourages Better Sleep
- Decreases Anxiety
- Eases Symptoms of Depression
- Decreases Traumatic Memories
What is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)?
PTSD is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. According to Psychiatry.org, “People with PTSD have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event has ended. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares; they may feel sadness, fear or anger; and they may feel detached or estranged from other people.”
Many patients with PTSD report trouble sleeping, struggles with anxiety and depression, and repetitive thoughts that replay the traumatic incident over and over in a loop. In fact, PTSD can be a debilitating mental health condition that can lead to chronic challenges like overwhelming emotions, recurring nightmares, panic attacks, detachment from others, and even self-destructive behavior. In the most extreme cases, severe PTSD symptoms can lead to suicide.
Conventional PTSD Treatments
Most conventional therapies for PTSD include cognitive-behavioral therapy with several types of prescription medicine, such as antidepressants designed to address symptoms of stress and anxiety. There are also support groups that help sufferers manage their stress and anxiety.
CBD for PTSD may represent one more tool for managing PTSD symptoms, and there are many anecdotal reports that CBD works.
CBD For PTSD
There is research that “administration of oral CBD in addition to routine psychiatric care was associated with PTSD symptom reduction in adults with PTSD. CBD also appeared to offer relief in a subset of patients who reported frequent nightmares as a symptom of their PTSD.”
According to Frontiers in Neuroscience, it is possible that CBD may affect the amygdala and the hippocampus in the brain.
What is amygdala and the hippocampus in the brain?
They are scientific words for the parts of the brain that control emotional memory recalling and regulation.
The amygdala is specialized for input and processing of emotion, while the hippocampus is essential for declarative or episodic memory. During emotional reactions, these two brain regions interact to translate the emotion into particular outcomes.
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CBD for PTSD Treatment
May block the retrieval of the traumatic memory
Encourages better sleep. One study found that a CBD dosage of 160 milligrams was shown to increase participants’ sleep duration.
Reduces the long-lasting anxiety
Reduces the use of prescription drugs
THC and CBD: There is also research suggesting that THC along with CBD plays an even more substantial role in treating PTSD. THC (think medical cannabis) requires certification. If you are curious about qualifying for medical cannabis, click here to get started. Our staff will help you on finding the right balance between THC and CBD.
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Risks and side effects
CBD may have a few side effects that may include, but not be limited to:
- Drowsiness and sleepiness
- People with a history of alcohol or drug use disorder may find CBD addictive
- Allergic reactions
- Increased risk of liver damage if people use CBD alongside certain medication
If you have any questions about taking CBD, feel free to contact us. Or speak with your physician. Always talking with your doctor is the best bet.