Treating PTSD with CBD/ Hemp Oil

Treating PTSD with CBD/ Hemp oil

 

PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) is a complex concept to comprehend. According to research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health, about 3.6% of adults experience PTSD any given year. PTSD has four primary symptoms that include intrusion, negative cognitions, avoidance and arousal. Several forms of psychotherapy and medications are given to patients with PTSD. However, recent research is showing that Cannabinoids may help treat PTSD, especially reducing the anxiety and sleep issues caused by the disorder [1].

 

Cannabis and its medicinal use

Cannabis is now known as a medicinal plant, as the government has deemed it fit for therapeutic purposes. In this new era, we are getting more aware of the benefits of this plant and how it helps people in combating different diseases [2].

 

Cannabinoids

Chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant have proven to have a therapeutic effect on your body’s endocannabinoid system.

There are two main cannabinoids, mainly known as CBD and THC (has psychoactive effects).

With improved understanding of the numerous health benefits of this medicinal plant, more people are starting to use it for treating symptoms of anxiety-related disorders [2].

  

CBD and PTSD

According to some recent scientific studies, CBD has proven to help treat symptoms of PTSD, that includes levels of the stress hormone cortisol, inflammation, body pain, sleep issues, negative mood and negative thoughts.

Scientific evidence suggests that CBD treats the majority of the symptoms of without having any adverse effects on the patient’s health. Moreover, it has also proven beneficial in reducing the harmful side-effects of medical marijuana. [3]

 

Anandamide and PTSD

NYU Langone Medical Center conducted a study, it was revealed by the researchers that people with PTSD have low levels of neurotransmitters, called Anandamide than others. Anandamide is the primary endocannabinoid and is known as a natural cannabinoid, produced by your body. With people who do not have PTSD, these Anandamides are present in the normal range, whereas, in people with PTSD, the field is low. This is the underlying cause of the symptoms like anxiety, fear, and sleep issues in people with PTSD. Therefore, Anandamides act as a natural anti-depressant for your body and also improve your overall cognitive function [2].

 

CB1 Cannabinoid Receptors

These receptors help your body turn off any negative and traumatic memory. They are activated by cannabinoids that are naturally generated inside your body. CB1 receptors modulate neurotransmitter-release in a manner that prevents the development of extraneuronal activity [2].

 

Three studies that suggest that CBD Oil helps with PTSD

  1. Anxiety and Insomnia

According to a study conducted by National Institute of Health in 2016, a girl with PTSD was treated with CBD oil to look at the effects it had on anxiety and insomnia caused as a result of the disorder. The study concluded that using CBD oil is a safe option to treat patients with PTSD as it reduces the symptoms of anxiety and insomnia. Especially considering veterans who have faced quite great mental challenges during the war, CBD oil can serve as a miracle for them.

 

  1. Fear-related issues

The University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom conducted a study in 2016 on the effect of CBD oils on rats; it was observed that CBD was able to inhibit the symptoms of fear in rats. Same can be applied for humans. [4]

 

  1. Exposure to Predator

A study conducted by the National Institute of Health in 2012 found that CBD has a positive effect on patients being targeted by a predator and helps to combat long-lasting anxiety issues. [4]

 

CBD Oil labelled as Full Spectrum Hemp oil

Nowadays, CBD oil is known as full-spectrum hemp oil. When it comes to cannabis consumption, the US military has zero-tolerance for it. Furthermore, the US Department of Veteran Affairs is not in favour of using cannabinoids for PTSD despite its positive results [3].

 

How CBD affects PTSD related memories?

When CBD is injected into your body, it releases CB1 and CB2 receptors in your body’s endocannabinoid system. These receptors help in increasing pleasure in your body and also start to alter the memory process. In this way, cannabinoids block every traumatic memory from your mind. It helps in reducing the acute fear response as well, which is great for recovering from PTSD, especially in US Veterans.

CBD works wonders for your body while only having a few side effects than other anti-depressants. This is the reason why many people prefer the use of CBD for the treatment of PTSD. [1]

 

Cannabis Withdrawal and PTSD

In 2013, a study was conducted on military veterans; the researchers found out that individuals who suffer from PTSD are more likely to use cannabis to combat its symptoms. At the same time, these individuals were prone to more withdrawal symptoms and increased cravings for cannabis. Furthermore, it was concluded that individuals with severe PTSD had increased withdrawal symptoms [1].

 

Controlling after-effects

A study was conducted by using cannabinoid receptor stimulant called nabilone. There were 47% of patients who had recurring nightmares despite taking anti-depressants and visiting a psychiatrist. But when they followed the cannabinoid treatment, 72% of them stopped having recurring nightmares. Their quality of sleep also improved [2].

 

Methods to use CBD Oil

Many people choose to vape CBD; this is mostly done through a vape pen and vaping device. But vaping is known as the direct way to induce CBD into your blood. Therefore, you can also apply it in the form of gel or spray. CBD is useful in all these forms.

 

 

Should you try CBD Oil for PTSD?

PTSD is a very severe condition and does require further treatment and care. CBD oil will help you with all sorts of aches and pains. We recommend that you consult your physician before using CBD oil, especially if you are taking other medications [4].

 

Conclusion

CBD helps in promoting the quality of sleep and reducing anxiety-related issues in patients who suffer from PTSD. It prevents traumatic memories from coming back and mitigates any further devastating symptoms while helping people regain confidence. Therefore, if you are a veteran and have PTSD, and are looking for some natural remedy to combat the symptoms of this severe condition, then you should opt for cannabinoid oil. But we recommend that you consult your physician first to avoid any other reactions.

  

References

  1. https://www.cbdoil.org/cbd-oil-for-ptsd/
  2. https://healthcareinamerica.us/cannabis-key-treating-ptsd-b4abf432215
  3. https://wellnessforce.com/a-veterans-angle-the-benefits-of-full-spectrum-hemp-oil-for-ptsd/
  4. https://www.anaviimarket.com/blogs/news/can-cbd-help-people-with-ptsd