As the days go by, the number of people using CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders is increasing. Several studies and news relating to general anxiety disorders and CBD are being developed.
There are many specific anxiety-related illnesses, like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that can benefit from the same studies and deserves special attention from scientists. PTSD is rarely brought to the discussion. It is a condition that may affect any victim exposed to tragedy, accident, or assault.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that causes a person to re-experience a trauma, feel overexcited, or withdraw from social activities. It is believed that PTSD is associated with chemical changes in the brain at the moment the trauma occurred, including changes in adrenaline or stress hormones.
PTSD is most often associated with military veterans or survivors of sexual assault, but according to statistics, about 7 to 8 percent of people develop PTSD at some point in their life. One out of every five military personnel sent to combat will develop the disorder. However, what is more worrying than that is the way the disorder is being treated nowadays. Among the drugs prescribed for PTSD are antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood regulators, which can be intense, aggressive, and induce of negative side-effects on the human body.
CBD and PTSD
Scientists are investigating the validation and benefits of using cannabinoids for PTSD treatment. CBD’s potential has been revealed to be prominent on healing many sorts of anxiety disorders, and certain cannabis medications have become an option to bring a better quality of life to people who are dependent on pharmaceutical drugs.
It has been determined by one of the PTSD and Cannabis investigators, MAPS, that one of the PTSD causative agents is an endocannabinoid system failure, present in the central nervous system. This deficiency causes the body to stop producing enough substances to fill the endocannabinoid local receptors. To learn more about the endocannabinoid system, click here.
Researchers have found that people with the disorder have low levels of anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid compound found in all mammals that activates the same receptors. In addition, the researchers claim that the CB-1 human receptor has the power to deactivate the traumatic memories, providing us the gift to forget traumatized memories. However, in a person with anandamide deficiency, this receptor ends up being harmed, causing fear, chronic anxiety, and aversive memory consolidation. Therefore, cannabis treatment medicates the deficient PTSD endocannabinoid system, making the plant an alternative that may bring more comfort to those afflicted by the disorder.
Through the information we have today on cannabis beneficial properties, in addition to specific studies conducted on PTSD patients, we can consider that cannabis, like other prescription drugs, can not cure this disorder, but rather can help bring relief and alleviate the symptoms of pain, depression, irritability, trauma memory flashes, stress, and anxiety.
Back in 2015, FDA approved the first cannabis study for PTSD veterans. The study was funded by the University of Colorado at $ 2.15 million, it’s currently in its third year and is administered by Sue Sisley, the internist, and telemedicine marijuana physician. In this study, Sisley tested 60 veterans who were randomly assigned to one of four trials using 1:1 CBD/THC ratio and placebo. It is believed that this study may ultimately deliver a complete and satisfactory response regarding the use of cannabis in the treatment of the disorder.
Published Studies about CBD and PTSD
- Effect of cannabidiol on sleep disruption induced by the repeated combination tests consisting of open field and elevated plus-maze in rats
- The Use of Medicinal Marijuana for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of the Current Literature
Unfortunately, there are still few studies that can really claim that cannabis medications are more effective than the usual lab drugs for PTSD suffering patients. What should be kept in mind is that no medication prescribed, either cannabis or regular meds can cure the disorder. However, cannabis has already proven to bring better relief and life quality for these people, especially in ensuring a more active and stable day-day.
We hope that with a greater understanding of the CBD benefits, more and more studies can be approved and carried out so that we can develop a healthier society, and gradually heal the world with cannabis.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate treatment for your medical condition.