About 10% of people are affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in their lifetime. For some time, the endocannabinoid system has been studied for its involvement in emotional memory processing. Some studies show that the endocannabinoid system has a fairly strong effect on the occurrence of PTSD.
So, what is PTSD and how is it diagnosed? PTSD occurs when a person and difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Often veterans experience these “triggers” that come with the disorder that remind them of times in the field. Along with survivors of assault, crashes, etc. people with PTSD can live with symptoms for months, to sometimes years. They experience nightmares or unwanted memories of the trauma strong enough that it can debilitate their day to day life. Diagnosed by a doctor, there are many treatments patients can do in order to rid the stress of this disorder but no definitive cure has been found.
In an article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, it is stated that “Indeed, as observed in rodents, recent studies have confirmed the ability of CBD to alter important aspects of aversive memories in humans and promote significant improvements in the symptomatology of PTSD.”
This alleged confirmation shows that CBD can be recommended as an aid in recovering from a traumatic event as opposed to other medications like antidepressants on the market that while can alleviate symptoms of PTSD, can also have considerable side effects.
CBD is a natural adaptogen that when consumed stimulates our Endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoids that naturally live in our bodies help regulate the central nervous system which in return help regulate the entire body. Most importantly, our brains! When CBD stimulates our Endocannabinoid system, our body finds it easier to “level out.” Thus making it easier to take on symptoms of PTSD like changes in cognition, mood, and emotion.
Furthermore, acting as an adaptogen means that CBD is a natural way for our bodies to adapt to stress and anxiety. When we feel ourselves getting worked up, studies show that CBD physically helps us cool down in moments when we are fighting those symptoms.
Whether you battle PTSD or you’re one of the 40 million Americans who suffer from anxiety and stress, CBD has shown tremendous improvements in treating these uncomfortable disorders the natural way!