CBD Effects on PTSD and What are the Current Research Findings

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is also known as PTSD, and many of us must have experienced at least once in our lifetime. Such conditions can occur during any of the following situations:

  • War
  • Accidents
  • Sudden disaster
  • Traumatic loss
  • Abuse

Sometimes, it becomes very difficult to cope up with such conditions and many people often feel disconnected, isolated, distressed after having faced such a situation.

Presently there are no effective treatments available and most of the medications prescribed by the doctors may have many side effects. According to the recent study by medical researchers, CBD edibles can be effective in improving the symptoms of PTSD.

How CBD oil can benefit for PTSD?

Medical researchers have now discovered a number of promising benefits by using CBD to alleviate various symptoms that are associated with PTSD, especially for those who have not responded properly to different conventional therapies.

  1. CBD stops nightmares

After doing number of clinical trials, it was observed that CBD almost ceased or reduced significantly nightmares, flashbacks, and also persistent memories in those patients having PTSD syndrome.

  1. CBD prevents fear memories formation

CBD will disrupt various long-term feelings of fear memory processing, and as a consequence reduces our anxiety and stress.

  1. CBD can decrease anxiety and depression symptoms

CBD also has range of producing calming effects which reduce anxiety, compulsiveness, panic attacks, and various long-term effects due to stress.

  1. CBD can help with insomnia

CBD can improve the quality and quantity of sleep and can reduce night sweats.

How CBD oil exactly works?

In cannabis, there are 2 major cannabinoids called cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Both these compounds are able to influence the endocannabinoid system (ECS) of our body but each of them has quite different effects.

Very recently, medical researchers have actually focused on the importance of our endocannabinoid system as a very important emotional regulating system that our body uses in order to maintain homeostasis.

In other words, this supports to create a ‘balance’ in the internal environment in spite of different changes present in our external environment.

ECS plays a very important role in our brain as well as nervous system functions and will be involved in modulating various other factors like:

  • Appetite
  • Pain
  • Sleep
  • Cognitive function

According to many medical researchers, chronic stress, or any kind of traumatic event, can always impair ECS signaling in our brain, and therefore, it can lead to a host of symptoms as described above.

For people having PTSD, their ECS system will be integral to the regulation of their emotional behavior, learning as well as responses to various traumatic events.

Actually, the CB1 and CB2 are the 2 receptors that CBD will target.

  1. CB1 receptors

CB1 receptors can influence our fear memory formation, pain tolerance, appetite, and mood.

Mood enhancing neurotransmitter activates CB1, and if anandamide levels get low, it will create CB1 receptor deficiency, and result in increased stress and anxiety levels.

  1. CB2 receptors

CB2 receptors usually regulate inflammation and bind with CBD to regulate immunity, appetite, inflammation, and pain.

Most cannabinoids will act on both these receptors to help them to regain their normal function. Thus, CBD can help PTSD patients.