PTSD and CBD: What We Know
As some may or may not know, PTSD – or, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental affliction that grips many people the world over, from first responders to military members past and present to everyday people. Known cases go as far back as World War I, when it was known as ‘Shell Shock’ among troops. It can cause fits of paranoia, anxiety attacks, and even cause someone to attack another person with little to no provocation, among other symptoms.
CBD, Also known as Cannabidiol, is one of the 85 known cannabinoids found in cannabis. It accounts for 45% of the plants extracts.
Even though there isn’t enough research yet to draw a strong conclusion, testing is currently under way and does support the theory that CBD can help PTSD patients control themselves better. There are some known effects:
Less Fear: Studies have shown that people suffering from post-traumatic stress are likely to experience less PTSD induced fear when the level of CBD in their system is increased.
Less Perceived Threats: Having an increased level of CBD in the system also helps reduce perceived predator stress, meaning your brain stops magically turning everyday events into potential threats.
Again, it cannot be overstated that these results are not yet complete, but if the studies hold up and these results are verified it could change the way PTSD is treated. Right now, PTSD treatment usually consists of psychotherapy, which includes cognitive therapy, exposure therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy..
Cognitive Therapy is a type of talking therapy used to help someone identify the ways of thinking (also known as cognitive patterns) that are keeping you stuck. An example would be taking an everyday situation and applying some form of negative perception to it.
Exposure Therapy allows you to experience a source of fear in a safe, controlled environment zyban smoking. The idea here is that exposure therapy will help you normalize your reaction to whatever triggers that fear.
Eye Movement Desensitization (and) Reprocessing Therapy combines exposure therapy with a series of guided eye movements that helps you process traumatic memories, which changes how you react to them.
In addition to therapy, there are many medications patients can take to manage their symptoms.
Antidepressants help people manage their depression and anxiety. They also improve sleep and concentration.
Anti-Anxiety medications help people with severe anxiety and panic attacks. These medications can be habit forming and as such are not prescribed for long.
Prazosin is often prescribed when insomnia and recurrent nightmares are among the symptoms experienced by the patient. This medication has not been specifically approved for PTSD, it may help with PTSD related nightmares.
Just imagine if CBD proves to be a better suited treatment for PTSD. All the different treatments reduced down to one chemical that essentially balances out the brain after a traumatic event induces PTSD symptoms in someone.
I usually don’t throw any weight behind so-called wonder drugs, but I know a lot of people who suffer from PTSD. If this stuff works out, I’m all for it.