CBD for Veterans
For bringing in the New Year of 2023 I would like to focus a little on how veterans with PTSD may be helped by CBD, and how this herb may be a big help to those that do suffer from PTSD. The treatment for PTSD in regards to our soldiers, has come a long way from when our men and women used to come home from war (think Vietnam, the Gulf war, etc). Veterans coming home from serving our country often didn't have the support needed to assimilate back into civilian life, let alone options for medicine that could help with symptoms such as pain, anxiety, stress and even sleep disorder to name a few of the symptoms of PTSD. The soldiers sought help from medical providers which was/is par for the course and those doctors prescribed medication such as opiates which in turn often worsened the person's ability to return to everyday life and in some cases even created an addiction. Opiates are addictive as many are aware and can create their own side effects and symptoms, however studies on CBD in the last fews years show that there is promise in this alternative medicine's ability to help alleviate symptoms as mentioned above.
Studies like the one published by the VA (Veterans Association) in 2016 show that 66,000 vets received treatment for addiction to opiates and how cannabidiol (CBD) was able to help relieve some if not all of these issues like: inflammation, relief from pain and even enhances one's mood! A medical paper written in 2015 titled ' Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorder' stated that the study recorded "in a sub chronic study, CBD administered daily 1 hour after predator stress (a proposed model for PTSD) reduced the long lasting anxiogenic effects of chronic predator stress, partially via 5-HT1AR activation” (The 5-HT1A receptor is a subtype of serotonin receptor located in presynaptic and postsynaptic regions). Activation of this receptor has been involved in the mechanism of action of anxiolytic, antidepressant and antipsychotic medications.
While CBD is not the "cure-all" to PTSD and other symptoms related to traumatic experiences — it does help with managing the issues that post-war can cause.
From speaking to our customers as well as doing much research on my own I have discovered that the effects of CBD are best felt when taken on a daily basis.
You may or may not be aware that there are many studies going on in relation to CBD and I encourage you to do your own study before taking any new types of medicine whether it is a natural medicine or one that is prescribed to you by a physician.
We also highly recommend that you remember to start low and slow whenever you are working with any herbal medicine to see what works best for you.
Many thanks to our veterans for providing service to our country.