PTSD -Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.
The most common events related to PTSD include childhood physical abuse, rape, combat exposure, childhood neglect, sexual molestation, weapon threatening, and physical attacks.
It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event.
At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months.
If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time.
Most patients usually get prescribed with several antipsychotics and antidepressants that may have a minute positive effect on them but do render many side-effects including an increase in the occurrence of suicidal thoughts.
Among the wide range of research that is being carried out on the utilization of cannabis for the treatment of PTSD, a particularly prominent one has been undertaken by Martin Lee at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
As per the research, it has been observed that the consumption of CBD can have a drastic impact on the reduction of anxiety among the people who are suffering from the disorder.
A few of the major benefits of using CBD Oil for PTSD as pointed out by the experiments include cannabis as a well-tolerated and safe agent to be used for the treatment.
Moreover, CBD doesn’t have any kind of psychoactive action so it can be used as an anti-high approach to treating PTSD.
A review of published evidence finds that cannabinoids help PTSD patients manage the condition’s three major symptoms (re-experiencing, avoidance and numbing, hyperarousal) and helps improve sleep in those PTSD patients suffering from insomnia and nightmares.
Use and effects of cannabinoids in military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
How CBD Oil is administered
CBD Oil For PTSD There are various methods of administering CBD oil including, oil, tinctures, tablets, vaping CBD oil, and much more. Topical CBD is associated with the slowest time of response.
Also, oral CBD has an intermediate time release. Whatever method you use, the effects are always gradual. It is better to start with a small dose of CBD oil and then gradually increase the dose to get the desired effects.
Daily sublingual ingestion of around 40- 160 mg of CBD oil helps in treating the sleep-related issues and nightmares in the patients who have PTSD.
In week 1, start the dose with three drops in the morning, three in the afternoon, and six drops before you go to sleep. In week 2, start increasing the number of drops gradually like five drops in the morning, 5 in the afternoon, and ten drops before sleeping.
Keep improving it until week three, like seven drops in the morning, seven in afternoon, and 15 drops before going to sleep.
Instead of taking big doses, you can take small doses during the day. You can increase the dosage of CBD oil depending on anxiety. You need to be extremely observant of how your body is reacting to the dosage.
How To Use CBD Oil For Treating PTSD?
CBD can get extracted in powder or oil form through a marijuana plant. They can either be put in capsules so that it can be taken orally or can get mixed into gels and creams. It is available in various forms, however, using the tincture one is the easiest.
Also, capsules are easy but little expensive, and it makes it simple to evaluate the dosing of CBD oil. CBD oil is also available in spray form; however, they leak sometimes.
First shake the bottle well, so that all the products blend well. Then squeeze the dropper to fill it with oil and pour it under your tongue. Make sure you know the correct dosage of CBD oil.
Keep on holding the drops of CBD oil in your mouth for around 60 to 90 seconds and let the oil absorb into your system. Also, if you can’t hold it in your mouth for too long because of the strong flavor, then you can ingest it.
Repeat this process throughout the day to get the best desired effect. Taking higher doses may make you feel sedative whereas taking CBD oil in little amounts can provide you with a calm feeling.
You can also try it in vaping form as it helps in transporting the CBD oil directly into the blood and it is one of the fastest processes.
RECENT STUDIES ON CANNABIS’ EFFECT ON PTSD
- PTSD patients saw a 75% reduction in PTSD symptoms, as measured by the Clinical Administered Post-traumatic Scale when they were using cannabis compared to when they were not.
PTSD symptom reports of patients evaluated for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.
- A review of published evidence finds that cannabinoids help PTSD patients manage the condition’s three major symptoms (re-experiencing, avoidance and numbing, hyperarousal) and helps improve sleep in those PTSD patients suffering from insomnia and nightmares.
Use and effects of cannabinoids in military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Betthauser, K., Pilz, J., and Vollmer, L.E. (2015, August). Use and effects of cannabinoids in military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 72(15), 1279-84. Retrieved from http://www.ajhp.org/content/72/15/1279.long.
- Boden, M.T., Babson, K.A., Vujanovic, A.A., Short, N.A., and Bonn-Miller, M.O. (2013, May-June). Post-traumatic stress disorder and cannabis use characteristics among military veterans with cannabis dependence. The American Journal on Addictions, 22(3), 277-84. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/j.1521-0391.2012.12018.x/full.
- Bonn-Miller, M.O., Babson, K.A., and Vandrey, R. (2014, March 1). Using cannabis to help you sleep: heightened frequency of medical cannabis use among those with PTSD. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 136, 162-5. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376871613005243.
- Bonn-Miller, M.O., Vujanovic, A.A., and Drescher, K.D. (2011, September). Cannabis use among military veterans after residential treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychology of Addictive Behavior, 25(3), 485-91. Retrieved from https://msrc.fsu.edu/.
- Greer, G.R., Grob, C.S., and Halberstadt, A.L. (2014, January-March). PTSD symptom reports of patients evaluated for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 46(1), 73-7. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02791072.2013.873843?needAccess=true.
- Korem, N., and Akirav, I. (2014). Cannabinoids Prevent the Effects of a Footshock Followed by Situational Reminders on Emotional Processing. Neuropsychopharmacology, 39(12), 2709–2722. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4200492/.
- Lu, A.T., Ogdie, M.N., Järvelin, M.R., Moilanen, I.K., Loo, S.K., McCracken, J.T., McGough, J.J., Yang, M.H., Peltonen, L., Nelson, S.F., Cantor, R.M., and Smalley, S.L. (2008). Association of the Cannabinoid Receptor Gene (CNR1) With ADHD and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics : The Official Publication of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, 147B(8), 1488–1494. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2685476/.
- Neumeister, A., Normandin, M.D., Pietrzak, R.H., Piomelli, D., Zheng, M.Q., Gujarro-Anton, A., Potenza, M.N., Bailey, C.R., Lin, S.F., Najafzadeh, S., Ropchan, J., Henry, S., Corsi-Travali, S., Carson, R.E., and Huang, Y. (2013). Elevated Brain Cannabinoid CB1 Receptor Availability in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Positron Emission Tomography Study. Molecular Psychiatry, 18(9), 1034–1040. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3752332/.
- Passie, T., Emrich, H.M., Karst, M., Brandt, S.D., and Halpern, J.H. (2012, July-August). Mitigation of post-traumatic stress symptoms by Cannabis resin: a review of the clinical and neurobiological evidence. Drug Testing and Analysis, 4(7-8), 649-59. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1002/dta.1377/full.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (2014, April 15). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/basics/definition/con-20022540.
- Potter, C.M., Vujanovic, A.A., Marshall-Verenz, E.C., Bernstein, A., and Bonn-Miller, M.O. (2011, April). Posttraumatic stress and marijuana use coping motives: the mediating role of distress tolerance. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25(3), 437-43. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3101637/.
- Roitman, P., Mechoulam, R., Cooper-Kazaz, R., and Shalev, A. (2014, August). A preliminary, open-label, pilot study of add-on oral Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol in chronic post-traumatic stress disorder. Clinical Drug Investigation, 34(8), 587-591. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40261-014-0212-3.
- Walsh, Z., Gonzalez, R., Crosby, K., S Thiessmen, M., Carroll, C., and Bonn-Miller, M.O. (2016, October 12). Medical cannabis and mental health: A guided systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 51, 15-29. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272735816300939.
- What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? (n.d.). National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml.
- Wilker, S., Pfeiffer, A., Elbert, T., Ovuga, E., Karabatsiakis, A., Krumbholz, A., Thieme, D., Schelling, G., and Kolassa, I.T. (2016, May). Endocannabinoid concentrations in hair are associated with PTSD symptom severity. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 67, 198-206. Retrieved from http://www.psyneuen-journal.com/article/S0306-4530(16)30040-3/fulltext.