Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a potentially debilitating mental health problem. I am currently dealing with many clients with PTSD here in post-hurricane damaged Grand Bahama. There has been a recent surge of interest regarding the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of PTSD. I have found that full spectrum hemp oil has been very effective in helping my clients with the common symptoms of PTSD. Recent research reports that cannabinoids are a promising method for pharmacological treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The common symptoms of PTSD include a combination of headaches, heart palpitations, anxiety, sleep disturbances, avoidance behavior changes, mood swings, feelings of guilt and possible suicide. This is a serious situation I am dealing with! For this reason, I therefore sought to review and assess the clinical evidence of the effectiveness of cannabinoids for the treatment of PTSD.
The September 2019 issue of the “Journal of Dual Diagnosis” completed a systematic review of 10 research studies on the topic of PTSD and cannabinoid therapy. They found that cannabinoids may decrease PTSD symptomology, in particular sleep disturbances and nightmares. Evidence that cannabinoids may help reduce global PTSD symptoms indicates that future well-controlled, randomized, double-blind clinical trials are highly warranted.
The July 2018 issue of “Frontiers of Neuroscience” concluded from their review that “…the currently available pharmacological treatments for PTSD being limited, necessitated testing CBD use with the same therapeutic purpose in humans as well. Indeed, as observed in rodents, recent studies have confirmed the ability of CBD to alter important aspects of aversive memories in humans and promote significant improvements in the symptomatology of PTSD.”
Obviously no single medication is going to fix a very serious and complex issue like PTSD, but along with counselling and other nutritional brain repair supportive strategies, full spectrum hemp oil should be a treatment option for most people with PTSD. I am asking for the help of any psychology counselors who understand the importance of nutritional support for emotional and cognitive brain issues like PTSD. Please if anyone with experience treating PTSD and use of CBD for PTSD is out there who is willing to assist me here in Grand Bahama? Please contact me ASAP.