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.
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.