One of the most exciting opportunities for CBD revolves around its application for anxiety, fear, stress, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Over 3 million Americans suffer symptoms of anxiety. And PTSD can affect many people who have experienced traumatic life events - sadly, many of our nation’s veterans are very affected. An estimated 7.8% of Americans will experience PTSD - with a larger percentage of veterans having the chance of being affected by this disorder.
Non-psychoactive Cannabidiol, or CBD, has evidence of helping the brain to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, and fear. For people and veterans who suffer from PTSD, using CBD may be a healthy alternative to prescription drugs that can cause other negative side-effects.
From a journal article in Frontiers in Pharmacology:
“Cannabidiol (CBD) has been established to have both acute and long-lasting effects to reduce fear memory expression…Cannabidiol (CBD) is the major non-psychotropic constituent of the Cannabis plant and has anxiolytic therapeutic potential….CBD can also result in long-lasting fear reduction, when combined with either extinction training or brief memory reactivation/destabilization to impair reconsolidation”.
Individuals and veterans looking to try natural non-prescription treatments should be encouraged to see a multitude of research studies as well as individual cases of people seeing relief from these symptoms of PTSD using CBD.