CBD – Cannabidiol as a Therapeutic Alternative for PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterised by poor adaptation to a traumatic experience. This disorder affects approximately 10% of people at some point in life. Current pharmacological therapies for PTSD have been shown to be inefficient and produce considerable side effects.

Cannabidiol (CBD), a phytocannabinoid constituent of Cannabis sativa without the psychoactive effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), has gained particular attention. Pre-clinical studies in different rodent behavioural models have shown that CBD can both facilitate the extinction of averse memories and block their re-consolidation. Recent studies have confirmed the ability of CBD to alter important aspects of aversive memories in humans and promote significant improvements in the symptomatically of PTSD.

As mentioned above, PTSD is a disorder that stems from trauma, and it’s described as repetitive re-experiencing of the trauma. What happens is that the portion of the brain that controls fear is triggered, causing the person to relive the event repeatedly, especially in response to certain similar stimuli or events occurring around them.

Some PTSD reactions include the following:

  • Detachment
  • Emotionally numb
  • Exaggerated startle
  • Inability to control emotions, including sadness or anger
  • Recurring nightmares
  • Inability to sleep
  • Hypervigilance
  • Substance abuse

PTSD does not discriminate. It can happen to any gender, race, or age, after someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. In addition to the veteran of war, the following events have also been known to result in PTSD in some people:

  • Violent crime
  • Bad accident
  • Severe weather such as hurricanes or tornadoes
  • Death of someone close

One treatment making headway in the fight against PTSD is the use of cannabis oil. Some patients feel as though it helped significantly in reducing the agonizing symptoms. However, official studies have been difficult to come by, due to fighting the endless red tape and bureaucracy. Studies have been promising though, with military personnel claiming relief with the use of cannabis oil when other treatments have failed.

CBD without the high of THC

Cannabidiol (CBD), has no psychoactive effect and can raise your endocannabinoid levels by preventing them from being destroyed, much like an MAOI (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) or antidepressant for short.

What’s Endocannabinoid?

The endocannabinoid system is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the mammalian central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.

Disclaimer: We recommend that you consult with a medical professional knowledgeable about cannabis before you treat your own PTSD, but rest in the knowledge that a safe, natural treatment for the symptoms of PTSD is available. There are researchers and therapists around the world who can help.

UK CBD use is on the rise

Recent reports indicate that the global cannabidiol (CBD) market is estimated to grow by 700% and could be worth £1.8 billion by 2020. In the UK, the number of people using CBD oil is estimated to have reached around 300,000. The Cannabis Trades Association UK has estimated that UK CBD use has doubled in a year.

The rise in popularity has followed a loosening of legal restrictions around the world. Although CBD-based products have been commercially available in the UK for some time, they appear to be gaining greater mainstream use and acceptance, as big-name companies invest increasing amounts of money int the development of CBD-based products.

Key Points

  • CBD is legal in the UK
  • It is the main component in cannabis
  • CBD wont get you high
  • The body produces cannabinoids and CBD oil helps
  • CBD is now classified as a medicine (ish)

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