There are so many CBD myths floating around it is easy to get confused by it all. CBD is being hailed as a miracle cure by everyone from dermatologists to holistic experts. Here at Chill Brother, we like to explore the middle ground – where the truth lies. We do this by looking at the science.
Today, we are looking at the effect CBD oil has on treating the symptoms of PTSD. Obviously, oil can’t go back and change trauma… but perhaps, scientifically speaking, it might (at least) help you get a good night’s sleep. As ever, let’s see what the science says.
CBD Oil Is Good Brain Food!
Before we start let’s direct you to the right place. We have already gone over what CBD oil is and how long CBD takes to work in close detail. If you are already clued-up then let’s continue. CBD oil is good for your brain… At least: that’s what the science says.
According to the Surgical Neurology International Journal, CBD oil provides neurological benefits that are hard to refute. They report that current studies include the effectiveness of CBD oil on a whole range of brain conditions. It’s actually staggering. Scientists are particularly interested in the impact CBD has on:
- Malignant Brain Tumours
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Neuropathic Pain
- Childhood Seizure Disorder
- Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet Syndromes
- Post-concussion Syndrome
- …And Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The evidence clearly suggests that CBD oil is affecting the brain in so many ways that science is scrambling to keep up! While we might only just be publishing the blog on the effects of CBD on the brain, and PTSD, scientists are already way ahead of us. It is worth pointing out that CBD oil still receives a whole lot of undeserved stigma. Many of the claims they make about it can be backed up by studies…
Let’s take a closer look at some of those PTSD orientated studies in more detail.
CBD Oil has a Direct Effect on PTSD
The results of many of the studies all say the same thing; that CBD oil has direct therapeutic benefits on those suffering from PTSD. It eases some of the symptoms, although (as we mentioned above) it cannot undo the damage.
If you are suffering from PTSD it is important that you see your GP. Although we can use CBD oil to manage the symptoms of PTSD, it is no substitute for real medications – it is only a supplement to help your body perform at optimum levels. If you think you are suffering, go to the Doctor and seek out the correct combination of therapies to help you recover.
CBD oil works to treat the symptoms of PTSD in many ways. Those symptoms include:
- Reliving the traumatic event, either in flashbacks, daydreams, or nightmares.
- Negative emotions such as excessive guilt about your role in the event.
- Avoidance – sufferers will avoid the places or people that remind them of the incident.
- Pain, sweats, sickness and nausea or excessive sweating.
There are several other symptoms but these are the key elements (you can get a full list here, courtesy of the NHS). CBD oil cannot stop you from reliving an experience – or from avoiding it… but it can work to improve the health and strength of your body.
For example, CBD oil might treat insomnia that makes you lie awake at night, reliving events. When you sleep better, you are more easily prepared to employ techniques learned in therapy to manage your symptoms. CBD oil might bring back a failing appetite, allow you a dreamless night, or help treat the physical symptoms. It is known to help fight nausea, for example.
It is not that CBD oil is able to stop the mental pain, more that it is able to give you the best chance at fighting off those flashbacks.
The main scientific paper regarding research into CBD oils in relation to the treatment of PTSD is found in the Frontiers of Neuroscience papers. In this particular study, the administration of CBD taken from Cannabis Sativa plants was carried out in mice. Those same mice showed that they could then “facilitate the extinction of aversive memories and block their reconsolidation.”
The purpose of the paper was to highlight that CBD has a direct impact on an animal’s ability to ‘let go’ of traumatic memories… They go on to suggest human trials should be carried out. This isn’t quite so straightforward as we might like in a world where the efficacy of CBD is still stigmatized. This particular study took place in 2018… so we looked a little later in the records.
In 2019, this paper was taken up on its challenge by a group of scientists working with the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. They did a case study using willing human participants, all suffering from PTSD and all treated with CBD oil. The result? After eight weeks, 91% of patients reported a decrease in symptoms. Further, they found that those who hadn’t had a decrease in symptoms had at least slept better.
This second study just proves what we here at Chill Brother knew all along… CBD oil helps you sleep. A little more than that, however, is that it also helps your brain to process memories. That’s something that we didn’t expect to learn today.
So: Does CBD Oil Help Treat PTSD?
The science seems to suggest that it does. Things aren’t a hundred percent conclusive yet, but we suspect it is only a matter of time before someone completes a double-blind study. This last group of tests is all that stands between clearing away the stigma and dispelling this particular CBD myth, for good.
As the last study suggests, CBD oil might help you sleep better, even if it doesn’t speed up your ability to process memories. Remember: if you suspect you have PTSD then see your doctor. You can also see the following organisations for more specific help: