Cannabidiol oil, or CBD, is a type of oil found in cannabis plants that can be used to treat a variety of medical problems. CBD interacts with the human body through a system called endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system helps to control appetite, pain, mood, and memory. Interestingly, because of the way CBD interacts with this system, many think that CBD could be an effective way to treat PTSD.
How Does CBD Treat PTSD?
Within the endocannabinoid system are two types of receptors: CB1 and CB2. These receptors have different functions. CBD is an antagonist of both CB1 and CB2. Being an antagonist means that CBD will attach itself to a CB1 or CB2 receptor without making the receptor fire and also block other molecules from attaching that would make the receptor fire if they attached. This essentially stops the receptor from working for a certain period of time. While CBD is an antagonist of both CB1 and CB2, what matters the most for PTSD is that it is an antagonist of CB1. Individuals with PTSD, when compared to individuals without PTSD, tend to have a larger amount of CB1 receptors. Because CBD can block CB1 receptors, many think that CBD can be an effective way to help relieve the symptoms of PTSD. Indeed, CBD has been shown to be an effective way of treating those with social anxiety.
Sources of CBD
When treating PTSD specifically, it is important to choose the right method of delivery for the CBD. When people think of cannabis plants, they typically tend to picture marijuana. However, there are other types of cannabis plants, and they are not all the same. For example, hemp is another type of cannabis plant. Both hemp and marijuana contain CBD. Yet even though CBD can be found in marijuana, many prefer to get their CBD from hemp. Hemp is a less processed type of cannabis, and it has much less of the psychoactive compound THC that is present in marijuana. Indeed, hemp tends to have so little THC there are little to no psychoactive effects at all. Moreover, hemp tends to have more CBD than marijuana since many types of marijuana have been bred to have less CBD and more THC. This means that hemp is often a more effective means of getting CBD. This lack of THC and higher concentration of CBD often make hemp a preferable choice for those seeking CBD.
There are also other reasons that can make hemp the preferable choice. THC can trigger anxiety for some people. Thus, someone trying to get CBD from marijuana in order to relieve his or her PTSD may end up feeling more anxious because of the THC present in marijuana, and they won’t experience the desired effects of the CBD. Not everyone will react this way to the THC, but it is a potential problem. Additionally, since marijuana can vary greatly from plant to plant in regards to its THC concentrations, it can be very easy to take a large amount of THC without intending to and experience negative effects as a result. Since so little THC is present in hemp, many see it as the better choice because it effectively avoids these problems entirely. Finally, there seems to be a higher incidence rate among those suffering from PTSD of marijuana addiction or dependency than among the average population. Comparatively, it seems that users of CBD do not suffer from the same problem. This can also make CBD an attractive choice for many suffering from PTSD.
There is certainly more research to be done on this topic. CBD’s effects on the body are still not fully understood. Indeed, barriers have been put in place that have slowed the clinical research of CBD. However, preliminary research into cannabidiol indicates that it does seem able to treat the symptoms of PTSD for many people.
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