How is CBD Changing the Lives of Veterans: Helping to Alleviate PTSD and Anxiety?

According to the VA (Veterans Association) veteran deaths by suicide suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues, struggling with: Difficulty adjusting to regular life, homelessness, and drug addiction.

Many studies like MDedge Federal Practitioner reports that the majority veteran deaths are a result of over-prescription of opioids to veterans dealing with combat-related chronic pains. Prescribed opioids have side effects like:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep disorder

 These associated side effects increase the risk of suicide, and as consequence, the VA began treatment for opioid addiction in veterans, asserting that cannabidiol (CBD) can be an alternative for opioids for veterans with PTSD and related depressive symptoms. For that reason, Brothers N Arms continue to provide high-quality CBD oils, serving those who serve us.

How CBD works for PTSD and Anxiety?

CBD works with brain receptors called CB1 (small proteins attached to cells that receive chemical signals and help cells respond). CBD modifies serotonin signals, one of the most important chemicals in mental health. Low serotonin levels result in depression and anxiety in some people.

The standard treatment for low serotonin is prescription pills, which have negative side effects and the possibility of drug addiction. For that reason, veterans suffering from PTSD who experience anxiety episodes, seeking relief, should use CBD oils as an alternative treatment for their anxiety-related symptoms.

Additionally, CBD may reduce cortisol levels which is the stress hormone that tends to be in high levels in veterans suffering from PTSD. 

What Does Research Say About CBD for PTSD and Anxiety?

In 2015 a Medical paper studied CBD’s potential in helping people deal with traumatic events, as a treatment for anxiety-related disorders. The preclinical results showed that after administering CBD daily, 1 hour after predator stress (an experimental strategy to measure fear and anxiety), long-lasting anxiogenic effects of stress decreased.

In other words, CBD shows potential for the treatment of multiple PTSD symptoms, including:

  • Reducing arousal and avoidance
  • Preventing long-term adverse effects of stress
  • Blocking persistent fear memories 

This means that Veterans, combat soldiers, or other first responders can use CBD within an hour of their experience, and significantly decrease the adverse effects, managing PTSD symptoms and post-war anxiety.

Having these results in mind, it could be beneficial for active members of the military to use CBD while on active duty. Probably decreasing the development of PTSD and severe anxiety before it gets chronic, reducing the likelihood of experiencing depressive or anxious states.

In short, there are several clinical trials on the effectiveness of CBD helping veterans overcome PTSD and anxiety, potentially preventing severe PTSD or anxiety from developing to a life-threatening stage.   

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