Can CBD Help Treat PTSD?
For people who have Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it can be hard to feel comfortable. Anything can set off an episode, from loud and unexpected noise, a scary movie or just being in a crowded area. This can result in those that have PTSD to feel overwhelmed and frightened.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is a mental health disorder that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 67% of people who experience mass violence develop PTSD. Not only does PTSD affect those living with the disorder, but those that come into daily contact with individuals coping with the illness.
Response to trauma is unique to each person. What is traumatic to one person may not be to another. People who have experienced war, assault, rape, torture, a serious accident, a natural disaster, medical trauma (e.g., waking up during surgery) and other events that pose the threat of death or serious injury are potentially at risk to develop PTSD. PTSD can involve direct exposure, witnessing or hearing about someone close experiencing such an event.
A complication of PTSD is that symptoms may not appear immediately after the traumatic event. Because of that, it could take months for people to start re-experiencing the trauma. This can take the form of flashbacks and nightmares, suffering from emotional numbness, avoiding social situations, sleep issues, anxiety, and anger.
Studies Show Promising Results
Because the traumatic event can’t be un-lived, PTSD itself is not curable. However, the symptoms no longer have to control your life. The most common treatment is prescription medications, but many people end up feeling disconnected, clouded and even become reliant on the medication, seeking alternatives.
In 2016, researchers announced that CBD showed a reduction in PTSD symptoms in humans. CBD has been shown to alter important aspects of traumatic memories. Also, the researchers noted that CBD is safe, with few side effects. CBD is well-tolerated for humans resulting in a new therapeutic option for people suffering from PTSD.
Taking supplemental CBD through tinctures, edibles, vaping, and topically can support the body in re-establishing homeostasis and balance while reducing inflammation. This combination of benefits can lead to reduced pain and increased calm.
If you or a loved one suffer from PTSD and you are interested in trying CBD, make sure you are sourcing a quality product. We suggest trying one of our products, organically grown and solvent-free. Reach out if you have questions!