How CBD Can Improve PTSD Symptoms & Treatment

Among its many benefits, CBD provides positive improvements of PTSD symptoms and current treatment methods. Here’s why, and how, CBD can help those afflicted with PTSD. 

An estimated 8% of the American population suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at any given time, and 10% of people will be affected by it at some point in their lives.

While PTSD has been most commonly linked to combat veterans, and rightfully so, its impact ranges beyond veterans of war.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop from experiencing any type of traumatic situation, whether it’s war, a serious accident, abuse, terrorist attacks, or any other shocking and/or terrifying occurrence. Symptoms can include, but are not limited to, flashbacks, emotional numbness, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, irritation, and anger.

PTSD is not biased towards one gender, however it does affect women at nearly double the rate of men in America.

Needless to say, it’s a serious disorder that affects a large part of the U.S. population, and likely impacts someone close to you. And given the increasing volatile nature of the world we live in, will likely only continue to rise.

As with many other conditions we’ve highlighted in our resource center — be it insomnia or chronic pain — up until now prescription drugs have been largely utilized to treat PTSD. And while that remains the case, the evolution of society and the adoption of natural remedies from cannabis, specifically cannabidiol, or better known as CBD, has provided for a promising and hopeful future that is less dependent on synthetic and addictive options.

Anecdotal research gathered from vets has provided positive insight into the benefits CBD can deliver. According to a Care By Design survey of 300 vets, cannabis returned as the most likely solution to improve PTSD symptoms. Not only was it the most likely to help, it was also the least likely to worsen symptoms among the 300 respondents.

In a study conducted on a small sample size of adults, 91% reported a reduction in the severity of their PTSD symptoms. In addition to the reduction in symptoms, those same individuals reported no side effects.

For more evidence why CBD has proven to be a natural remedy for ailments like PTSD, look no further than our bodies’ endocannabinoid system. Scientists have known about the existence of the system since they discovered receptors in the brain of mammals that respond to cannabis in 1988. Just four years later, they discovered that cannabinoid receptors were the most abundant form of neurotransmitters in the brain.

When introduced into the body, CBD positively reacts with the endocannabinoid system and triggers the release of serotonin in the brain, which regulates mood.

And given the lack of various side effects that come with prescription medications — which create a whole new layer of issues and symptoms for someone to deal with — CBD offers an effective, organic, and sustainable remedy.

Another boon for CBD is how easy it is to ingest. Taking CBD oil is as easy as placing a few drops under your tongue or adding some to your morning coffee.

For those interested in experiencing the benefits CBD can provide, check out our article on the best ways to take CBD.

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