According to the National Institute of Mental Health, around 3.6 % of the adult population around the world is suffering from the post-traumatic stress disorder. Statistics show that women are more likely to be affected by PTSD than men.
PTSD usually affects a person who has gone through a traumatic event. The traumatic events can be an accident, death of a loved one, war, physical or mental abuse, etc. When a person goes through such traumatic events, he/she may become anxious or disoriented, or experience nightmares. If these symptoms persist for a long period, it may develop into post-traumatic stress disorder.
PTSD is usually treated by combining antidepressant medications and psychotherapy. In recent years, CBD has also been suggested as a treatment for PTSD. The anti-anxiety effects of CBD have already been proven through many clinical and laboratory studies.
CBD is one of the cannabinoids present in the hemp and marijuana plants. This non-psychoactive cannabinoid is being used all around the world to treat health disorders like anxiety, pain, insomnia, nausea, skin problems, etc. Let’s take a look at how CBD benefits the treatment of PTSD.
CBD For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The use of CBD oil for anxiety disorder has been going on for the past few years and many studies have proven that CBD is effective in controlling post-traumatic stress disorder. CBD has a great impact on reducing PTSD symptoms, such as arousal symptoms, avoidance symptoms, and re-experiencing events.
When CBD gets into your body, it interacts with CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system. This interaction has an effect on the central nervous system, like altering the memory process and improving your mood. In the meantime, CBD also blocks retrieving the traumatic memory.
When you experience a pleasure boost, you will feel less anxious about the traumatic event. Since there won’t be too much negative emotional experience, it will help to reduce the arousal and avoidance symptoms. The continuous use of CBD will block the retrieval of the traumatic memory and over time the intensity of the memory will lessen and thereby reduce the anxiety.
One of the main reasons why CBD is an effective remedy is that it addresses both the emotional and cognitive aspects of the disorder. CBD does all these without causing any psychoactive effects. The usual medication for PTSD such as SSRIs and antidepressants can cause side effects like nausea, headaches, and insomnia. However, CBD is a very safe compound and it won’t cause any severe side effects.