The first study to examine clinical benefits of CBD for patients with Post-Tramautic Stress Disorder (PTSD) suggests promising early signs for future treatment.
Approximately 7-8% of people will develop PTSD at some point in their lives. The rates are even higher among military veterans. The most common symptoms of PTSD are anxiety, depression, irritability and difficulty sleeping.
The recent findings are in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Eleven patients with PTSD received daily CBD, combined with psychiatric medication and treatment, for eight weeks.
Ten of 11 patients showed reduced PTSD symptoms at the end of treatment. Researchers in the study conclude that CBD and psychiatric care could be “associated with PTSD symptom reduction.” They also write that CBD “appeared to offer relief in a subset of patients who reported frequent nightmares as a symptom of their PTSD.” But researchers also note that more studies are needed due to the small sample size.
Other Research Studies
A 2016 case on a 10-year-old girl with PTSD shows “a maintained decreased in anxiety” after using CBD. These findings are in the Permanente Journal. A separate research project in Frontiers In Neuroscience concludes that “CBD may offer therapeutic benefits for disorders related to inappropriate responses to traumatic memories.” The recent survey from Care By Design of 300 cannabis-using patients notes that “half of the respondents reported using CBD-rich [items] to treat their PTSD symptoms.”
Talk With Your Doctor
We always recommend speaking with your doctor or physician before incorporating CBD into your daily routine. Let them know about any medications you are taking so they can accurately discuss the possibility of any interactions or side effects.