Treating PTSD with CBD

Treating PTSD with CBD

Almost 10% of the population will undergo some traumatic event in their lives that leaves them with PTSD.  Military veterans have a significantly higher rate of Post-Traumatic Stress.  Some of the symptoms are depression, irritability, anxiety and insomnia all of which can make daily living difficult.  Some sufferers have been treating PTSD with CBD oil and seeing great success.  Here is a doctor talking about CBD and PTSD.

With the increasing number of patients using CBD and finding relief for their symptoms many, including a large number of veteran’s groups are advocating for adding it as an effective treatment.  It is not that simple, since most of the evidence is anecdotal we need scientific evidence to back up the claims that it helps treat PTSD symptoms.

Research into CBD for Treatment

For years CBD and Cannabis were classified as Schedule I substances and that limited the amount of research that could be done using CBD.  Very few studies if any were done on its effects in treating PTSD yet the anecdotal evidence has been very positive.

That being said there have been a few studies that show positive results.  Two research papers one published in The Permanente Journal and the other published in Frontiers in Neuroscience concluded that CBD “may” offer therapeutic benefits for PTSD.  Both studies also indicate that CBD merits further research is needed to understand just how CBD helps with neurobiological responses.  The patients in both studies reported less anxiety and improved sleep with aid of CBD products.

Research Going Forward

Since one of the largest advocates of using CBD to treat PTSD are veteran’s groups the VA in San Diego has set aside more than a million dollars to fund CBD research.  They want to test the use of CBD alongside long term therapy to see if it can ease the symptoms.  There will be more than 100 veterans who will take part in the study.

They are not the only ones who are looking into potential uses of CBD.  There is another study taking place at New York University using double blind clinical trials to see if CBD can help with the treatment of alcohol abuse.  Other studies are happening around the world into the effects of CBD and THC in treating a variety of conditions.

Starting CBD

CBD is available over the counter or online but before you start making it a part of your daily routine you should speak to your doctor first.  You can also talk with a pharmacist to see if it will have any interaction with current medications that you are taking.

What is CBD and How Does it Work? 

What is CBD and How Does it Work? 

You have probably heard of it. You have also probably seen Facebook friends trying to sell it! Even the news talks about it. So what is CBD? Cannabidol, otherwise known as CBD, is one of the 104 components of a marijuana plant. Many want to know if it is safe. Are there side effects? So let’s talk about what is one of many controversial topics out there!

Using Cannabidiol

While Cannabidiol is not federally regulated, or produced it is legal in about 30 states where medicinal or recreational marijuana use is legal. It can help with a range of medical issues. For example: epilepsy, arthritis, and anxiety. There is also talk about how it can be used to help people quit smoking. Even reduce the side effects of Alzheimer’s disease, which is a very horrible disease in which those diagnosed loose their memory and show behavioral issues. CBD has been shown to have anti-psychotic effects on those with Schizophrenia, and could help lower blood pressure.

Though not federally regulated, the FDA has recommended approval of the Cannabidol medicine, Epidiolex. Epidiolex is used to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy. For those with arthritis, researchers have noticed a significant drop in inflammation and pain. And the great news is they found it without any additional side effects, when used as a topical gel with CBD in it!

Cannabidiol can be used as the oil or even in food, so why not put it in some chocolate! When most think of CBD, the main question is, “Does it get you high?” The answer is no. It comes from the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant.

Side Effects of CBD

Now that we have covered it’s uses and how you can take it, does it have any side effects?? The professionals say that most people handle CBD very well, with little to no side effects. However, there could be some. Possible side effects include:

  • Change of appetite
  • Change of mood
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea

The great news is that researchers also say that those who take CBD would not likely develop any tolerance to it, so that means there would be no need to up any of your dosages should you decide to take it.

Should you take it? That is completely up to you and your preferences. I know many people who have or who do take Cannabidol and absolutely love it. They went from being in chronic pain, not being able to move hardly to going back to just about their normal self! The choice is completely up to you! Read the facts, do some research and then decide!