PTSD From Being Shot in the Head – ONLY Cannabis Has Healed Me
I was shot in the head during a home invasion when I was 18 and now suffer from severe anxiety and PTSD. This has led to depression and more than one suicide attempt.
How Does CBD Effectively Treat PTSD?
Outside of its powerful anti-inflammatory characteristics, CBD also well known as an anti-anxiety compound. It’s so useful for the treatment of anxiety; it’s already one of the most commonly cited reasons for CBD use. When it comes to PTSD, anxiety is an underlying matter alongside insomnia, depression, and other interconnected mental health issues.
This effect on anxiety is already one of the main reasons why people with PTSD self medicate with cannabis. Considering it has such an excellent safety profile, CBD is thought to be safe to use even with a complicated diagnosis of depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
A recent study looking at oral CBD for the treatment of the symptoms of PTSD found extremely positive results. The study allowed the participants to take CBD as needed, throughout the eight-week trial. They continued to maintain their conventional PTSD treatments at the same time as the CBD. After the course of eight weeks, 91 percent of the participants reported a measurable decrease in their symptoms of PTSD.
A significant part of the symptom reduction the participants reported a reduction in the occurrence of nightmares. A separate study using a synthetic cannabinoid supported this anti-nightmare characteristic. In this study, participants with PTSD reported a complete cessation of nightmares and a reduction in daily flashbacks. It should be noted this second study was with a synthetic compound, and not the natural plant.
The struggle to return to a healthy, undisrupted sleep cycle in folks with PTSD is a challenging one. Insomnia is an active ingredient to the complicated mental illness of PTSD. For some people, it’s hard to fall asleep, and for others, their sleep is continuously disturbed by nightmares.
Cannabidiol has shown massive potential for encouraging healthy, normal sleep patterns. Interestingly, in some studies, CBD increases wakefulness during the day and deeper sleepiness at night. So far scientists believe CBD’s ability to promote healthy sleep cycles is its promotion of the REM sleep cycle. However, cannabis’s effect on sleep is complicated and not entirely understood. More research is needed.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a very challenging illness to treat. It compounds the effects of many mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and more. Cannabidiol is one of the few natural compounds which is safe to use across all these symptoms. As the personal story highlights above, it is also already the treatment of choice for many people dealing with PTSD. Science is only now catching up to find out why.