CBD and Veterans with PTSD
CBD and veterans with PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is currently being studied due to its calming effects on the mind and body. Many people who deal with stress and anxiety are turning to this natural extract from cannabis as an alternative option to commercial drugs. CBD or cannabidiol, unlike it’s cousin THC does not make you high. It has no psychoactive properties. This means CBD oil is safe even when taken in high doses. It has no drug interference and can not be overdosed.
CBD and possible medical benefits
Although most studies with CBD are from animals, many users are providing their own testimonies. Plus, some in the medical community are attributing many health benefits to CBD to include, however it is important to note that cannabidiol is not FDA approved.:
- Antiemetic / reduces vomiting and nausea
- Anticonvulsant-suppresses seizures
- Anti-inflammatory-helps reduce inflammation and fight inflammation disorders
- Antipsychotic-effective in dealing with psychosis disorders
- Antioxidant-helps in dealing with neurodegenerative disorders
- Antidepressant-effective in dealing with depression and anxiety disorders
PTSD and Veterans
Research indicates that more than 540,000 veterans suffer from PTSD, which is a disorder that stems from experiencing a traumatic or life threatening event. These symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, depression and confusion. Often many of those who suffer do not seek medical attention. The true number of veterans who suffer from PTSD is unknown. But according to the US government, based on those who seek treatment, the number of veterans with PTSD varies according to combat periods. Here are some examples.
- Vietnam War: 30%
- Gulf War: 12%
- Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom: 11-20%
How CBD may help according to science
Currently there are no commercial drugs on the market specialized and proven to be effective in treating PTSD. However, research is slowly but surely paving the way for cannabis as a possible alternative. In the early 90’s scientist discovered humans have what is called an endocannabinoid system. This system is described as a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body. This system is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain sensation, mood and memory.
One study suggests that people with PTSD have lower levels of anandamide which is a cannabinoid compound. Scientists state that those with low serum levels of anandamide have an endocannabinoid deficiency. This means that their bodies stop producing enough endocannabinoids to fill CB1 receptor sites in the body. This deficiency can trigger symptoms such as anxiety. This is where the cannabinoids found in cannabis, such as CBD may play a role, because it is believed that CBD attaches itself to CB1 receptors.
CBD can be taken in various forms, but perhaps the most common is in oil form. This CBD oil is placed under the tongue and absorbs quickly into the blood stream. Many people who use CBD oil report a calming effect. It is important to make sure you know where this CBD oil comes from because not all CBD is created equal.
You want to make sure your CBD is full spectrum so you have a better chance of finding success. This is because full spectrum means you receive all of the cannabinoids in the plant, not just CBD. This entourage effect is considered more beneficial. At CBD BioCare, we offer full spectrum CBD oil without THC so no one can receive a high from using our products. Plus, our CBD is extracted from industrial hemp, or high CBD cannabis, making it legal in all 50 states and more than 40 countries.
In closing, the damage caused by PTSD cannot be solved through any medication alone. Please consult your physician and consider adding CBD to your health regimen.
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