Can CBD Help Treat PTSD?
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By NICKEY SIEGERMAN
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical present in marijuana that does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the "high" component of marijuana, making CBD its calmer, less severe cousin. CBD has helped many with a variety of issues, including sleep, depression, and more, but does it help those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
Many people associate PTSD with veterans, although it can affect anybody who has been through a traumatic incident or experience. Symptoms of the disorder can manifest as panic attacks, nightmares, uncontrollable thoughts, or flashbacks, and while there is no complete cure, doctors are hoping to find a link between CBD and symptom relief.
While CBD and its derivatives have been associated with improved sleep, anxiety, depression, and more, according to a New York Times article, there was insufficient data to justify that CBD helped PTSD victims. According to the National Library of Medicine, "No clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of CBD in reducing symptoms of PTSD in humans have been completed."
While there isn't a conclusive correlation between CBD and PTSD, it has been reported to help with panic attacks, REM sleep, and uncontrollable thoughts, which are all symptoms of the disorder. However, before incorporating CBD into your life as a possible assistance for your PTSD symptoms, it's best to consult with your doctor.