There are many people who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and many of these individuals have been a part of the armed services. There is a desperate need to find ways to treat the symptoms of PTSD – and non-psychoactive cannabinoids, like CBD, may be able to play a part.
It has been found that people who have PTSD have lower levels of anandamide. This compound is created endogenously inside of our bodies (endocannabinoids). Anandamide fits or ‘triggers’ the same receptor that is responsive to various cannabinoids – like CBD. Anandamide makes us “feel good” – lower levels of it could create symptoms related to fear, anxiety, panic, and depression.
“Scientists have determined that normal CB-1 receptor signaling deactivates traumatic memories and endows it with the gift of forgetting,” Lee said, “But skewed CB-1 signaling, due to endocannabinoid deficits (low serum levels of anandamide), results in impaired fear extinction, aversive memory consolidation, and chronic anxiety, the hallmarks of PTSD.”
Endocannabinoid deficiency could play a role in PTSD, and more research should (and will) be done to see how the introduction of cannabinoids could help people who suffer from these symptoms.
There has already been some research on the relationship of CBD and PTSD. And there is growing observational and anecdotal evidence from thousands of people who have taken their health into their own hands with non-psychoactive CBD products, that there can be an improvement of quality of life. At That’s Natural we are excited to see the smarter food and medicine policy that brings more research and more peace to the many people who suffer from this condition.
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