Buzz around the mental health benefits of CBD has increased in recent years. Many people use CBD to treat mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Multiple studies now show that CBD—alongside traditional counseling— may reduce or manage symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
Individuals living with PTSD may benefit from CBD products such as topicals, oils, and edibles. However, there’s not enough evidence to prove that CBD is as effective of PTSD treatment as traditional methods such as medication and psychotherapy.
The following is an overview of PTSD and the possible benefits of CBD as a form of treatment. If you or someone you love is living with PTSD, we highly recommend that you talk with a medical professional before pursuing any or all CBD products.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced trauma. PTSD affects people of all kinds and causes significant distress in their day to day lives. Some symptoms of PTSD include severe anxiety, flashbacks, hypervigilance and unwanted memories of trauma.
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of several molecules found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are active compounds that account for most of the health benefits of cannabis. CBD does not convert to THC in the body prohibiting the user from experiencing a cannabis high.
Although CBD leads to little psychoactive effects, organic compounds such as CBD can produce soothing effects. CBD functions as a neurotransmitter and activates multiple serotonin receptors in the brain. It’s also known to influence opioid and glycine receptors that regulate pain and feel-good hormones.
CBD-infused lotions, creams, or salves may help reduce PTSD symptoms overtime. CBD oil in particular is known to treat numerous health problems such as anxiety, epilepsy, eating disorders, high blood pressure, and more.
Although people are more likely to use CBD for treating physical pain such as inflammation and arthritis, studies show that CBD can help lessen the mental symptoms of PTSD.
91% of participants from a recent study showed a significant decrease in PTSD symptoms after taking CBD capsules alongside medications and psychotherapy. Participants also noted a significant decrease in nightmares, another common symptom of PTSD.
Another study shows the benefits of CBD + THC as a potential form of PTSD treatment. Participants who were administered both CBD + THC experienced less anxiety and overwhelming flashbacks. There was also an increase in the quality and quantity of overall sleep.
PTSD is a serious mental health condition that affects a wide variety of people in various ways. Treatment for PTSD is as nuanced as the condition itself.
As mentioned, consult a medical professional before seeking treatment through CBD products. If you’re living with PTSD and find that CBD is right for you, we’d love to hear from you!
Please note that Seabedee products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. The following is for informational purposes only.
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