Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects millions of people around the world. It is usually triggered by a shocking or stressful event. The disorder causes restlessness, difficulties sleeping, nightmares, heightened reaction and depression. One of the most effective treatments currently being used for PTSD is cannabidiol (CBD). But how effective is it?
However, with CBD and other medications, patients can stay calm and get a better night’s sleep.
Cannabis contains several chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, which have therapeutic benefits for the mind and body. Our general health condition depends largely on the endocannabinoid system (ECS), an internal system of interconnecting nerves, starting from the brain to all other parts of the body. Fortunately, the system reacts to cannabinoids derived from the plants (phytocannabinoids) aside from the naturally-occurring cannabinoids in the body. This is the reason why CBD can affect the mood and other bodily functions. It is believed to be effective for treating insomnia, anxiety, as well as chronic pains and PTSD.
Studies have proven the effectiveness of CBD and medical marijuana in relieving symptoms of PTSD. Persistent unpleasant experiences can degrade the quality of life. CBD is natural and does not have any of the side effects associated with other treatment options.
One of the receptors that work with the ECS is the CB1. These receptors are located in the brain. When activated by CBD, the CB1 could induce loss of traumatic memories. CBD also triggers the production of a natural anti-depressant called anandamide which is also referred to as the ‘bliss molecule.’ Symptoms of PTSD may arise when there is a shortage of anandamide in the body.
To help alleviate the adverse effects of PTSD, a 19-year old male suffering from the PTSD with self-mutilation issues, panics, and flashbacks opted to use cannabis in 2012. While he may not have been the first person ever to be treated with marijuana, the case was the first documented ever for research purposes. The researchers found that with strict dosages, the plant can reduce traumatic experiences.
Four years later, researchers assessed the effects of CBD on victims with frightening memories. The study, which involved several test subjects, concluded that the cannabinoid was able to prevent the expression of fear and helped people dampen fears to normal levels. Since extreme fear is a major indication of PTSD, the results suggested that CBD may have the same effects on patients with PTSD.
Another study conducted in the same year sought to determine the effectiveness of using CBD to treat insomnia and pediatric anxiety. The researchers concluded that CBD products are an effective solution for insomnia and anxiety. A lot of clinical studies support these claims. CBD works well for both old and young patients.