CBD for PTSD: Good News for Veterans

by Jade Alexandra

It is estimated that roughly 10% of people will be affected by PTSD at some point in their lives; for United States military veterans, that number triples to 30%. PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is characterized by feelings of anger, fear, and/or confusion following a traumatic event. It typically begins soon after the trauma occurs, however it could take months or even years for PTSD symptoms to surface. Regardless of when it manifests, PTSD can be crippling to veterans and other sufferers.

Types of events that may trigger PTSD include any major, life-threatening trauma, including:

  • Military or combat exposure
  • Sexual abuse or assault
  • Physical abuse or assault
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Car accident or other serious accident
  • Major natural disasters, like a hurricane, fire, tornado, tsunami, or earthquake

The intense emotions triggered by a major trauma create changes in the brain. Sufferers of PTSD may feel that their lives or the lives of others are in danger, they may feel helpless and that they have no control over what is happening, and they may have difficulty with day-to-day life as a result of this and other symptoms, including:

  • Reliving the traumatic event, or re-experiencing the symptoms
  • Avoiding things that remind them of the trauma
  • Feeling numb, shutdown, or devoid of feelings
  • Feeling a sense of hyper-arousal, always alert or on guard
  • Feeling sudden bursts of anger, irritation, or fear
  • Constantly fearing for safety of themselves or others
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Difficulty remembering details about the trauma
  • Difficulty maintaining positive or loving feelings
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Difficulty talking about the traumatic event
  • Problems with drinking or drugs
  • Feeling ashamed, depressed, and/or hopeless

What would seem innocuous to the average person can be debilitating to someone suffering from PTSD. The sound of a car backfiring could trigger flashbacks of gunfire and war, causing the person to relive the event all over again. Seeing a news report of something similar to their own trauma could trigger the onset of PTSD symptoms.

Severity and frequency of PTSD symptoms varies person to person, and may be impacted by many factors, including how intense the trauma was, how long the trauma lasted, if someone was hurt or died, how out of control the sufferer felt, and how much support and help the veteran or other sufferer received following the traumatic event.

Though many people with PTSD do improve with support and treatment, roughly 1 out of every 3 people will continue having symptoms. What’s more, the approved medications and interventions for PTSD are inefficient, and come with considerable negative side effects.

The good new: CBD can help.

Preliminary research in rodent models has found that CBD can “facilitate the extinction of aversive memories and block their reconsolidation.” Other recent studies have also confirmed the efficacy of CBD in altering aversive memory and significantly improving symptoms of PTSD including nightmares and anxiety. Research is still early, but shows much promise.

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