Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the US has reached crisis levels. About 8 percent of Americans experience PTSD; for veterans, that number is 30 percent, and treatment is notoriously difficult. There are some promising drugs in the wings but the earliest window of accessibility would be early next decade 2021.
PTSD is a world of cruel events that ordinary people must suffer each day. It is often a:
- World of panic attacks (sometime hourly).
- Agoraphobic world (fear of wide open spaces).
- Fear of even picking up the telephone or being around people.
- World of anxiety, alarm, and hyper-alertness; constantly searching for threats that don’t exist.
- World without peaceful sleep where you wake up unexpectedly in the middle of the night feeling like you’re being strangled by an invisible foe.
- World of irregular appetite and digestion.
Research in this area is active and ongoing, and one fruitful target for research is our old friend the “endocannabinoid system” (ECS).
Researchers have discovered that people suffering from PTSD have a deficit of normal levels of a substance called “anandamide” which is our body’s own cannabinoid compound. Following up on this discovery researchers from Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) found that by replenishing this lack of internal cannabinoid compounds with external natural cannabinoids, helps the subject to cope with these debilitating effects of PTSD.
“Scientists have determined that normal CB-1 receptor signaling deactivates traumatic memories and endows it with the gift of forgetting; but skewed CB-1 signaling, due to endocannabinoid deficits (low serum levels of anandamide), results in impaired fear extinction, aversive memory consolidation, and chronic anxiety, the hallmarks of PTSD.” said MAPS Affiliate and Director of Project CBD, Martin Lee.
This is a fancy way of saying that our ECS receptors are very happy to get CBD when it gets too little from our own reserves. This helping hand CBD balances the brain chemistry and appears to alleviate symptoms so that PTSD becomes more manageable.
Because THC has been found to aggravate anxiety, use of CBD appears to calm better than marijuana alone and it eliminates the unwelcome “high” that many people wish to avoid. Some quality CBD products also have the advantage of not showing up on the drug tests that many occupations require their employees to take.
The many areas of usefulness for CBD make it something that we all can benefit from. It is my hope that those people suffering from stress and anxiety discover that there is hope for them without harmful side effects and just suffering in silence. CBD has many people testifying that this is a miracle product and their own quality of life has improved tremendously since trying it.