Veterans and CBD

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Veterans face higher risks of dying from an opioid overdose in contrast to ordinary citizens. Most vets are turning to hemp derived products such as CBD oil to treat conditions such as anxiety and PTSD. According to the reports from CBS, many veterans want more research to be done on hemp products.

Veterans should not be seen as rational human beings because these are people whose minds have been destroyed through war and pharmaceutical pills.

Some veterans have testified that the use of opioids for pain is detrimental to the health of veterans. Hemp has been a proven solution for veterans suffering from depression and other conditions. Hemp kills all the pain symptoms and gives you the relief that you need without offering psychoactive properties. All these reasons have made CBD oil to become a reliable solution for most veterans even though it’s not legal in some states.  

Hemp and marijuana share similar characteristics. They both originate from the cannabis plant. Hemp is different from marijuana because hemp lacks THC while marijuana has THC. Although hemp lacks THC, both hemp and marijuana are still considered illegal in some states. 

Many doctors are afraid of prescribing CBD hemp products because they often sold as unregulated supplements. The FDA reported that children with ailments such as seizures could use cannabis-infused drugs for the treatment of these seizures. However the federal government isn’t in support of this practice, and they are fighting against this law, but Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who is one of the lawmakers against this law stated that he believes the law will change. 

While legislators revise the law, veterans are curious about using CBD oil for the treatment of back pain, anxiety, PTSD and more. 

However, the cannabis industry is rising in popularity, and many people strongly favor the drug. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is among the marijuana enthusiasts. He supported the introduction of a Senate bill which legalized hemp as an agricultural commodity.

PTSD and Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is currently available in more than 23 states with more states drafting laws to legalize the plant. Despite the rising popularity of cannabis, there has been no thorough review of the action and efficacy of medical marijuana and PTSD. In this article, we will seek to understand the current relationship of medical marijuana in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

There is currently limited research on the link between marijuana use and PTSD. Current studies are usually based on the propensity of people suffering from PTSD symptoms to treat themselves from medical marijuana. There is no doubt that cannabis has long been seen as a beneficial strategy for people with severe PTSD. According to scientists, people with less perceived capacity to resist emotional disorder have a high probability of using marijuana as a treatment for harsh emotions linked to trauma. Furthermore, individuals with more symptoms related to PTSD have a high chance of using cannabis with the primary objective of coping.

Medical marijuana has been reported to have a positive effect on symptoms related to PTSD. However, it can also be linked with an increased risk of the pathological use of cannabis. (1) According to Greer et al., there was a 75% decrease in Clinician Administered Posttraumatic Scale for DSM-IV (CAPS) scores through medical marijuana utilization, and cannabis is said to be effective among persons with severe traumatic intrusions, otherwise called flashbacks. Most individuals who have PTSD are often faced with disrupted sleep, and most of them are seeking medical marijuana as a possible treatment for their sleep issues; but while cannabis may be useful in the treatment of insomnia, it can also disrupt sleep structure in the long run. (2) According to Boden et al., there is a high probability of the pathological use of cannabis among adults who have PTSD. It was further explained that the experience of PTSD subjects affected individuals to use cannabis to manage adverse side effects. Furthermore, little or no cannabis use leads to increased symptoms of PTSD, thus leading to an increased desire for marijuana, and higher cannabis use disorder. Moreover, high rates of pathological use of cannabis have been found among military veterans suffering from PTSD. With the high rate of young adults who return from war with traumatic experiences, veterans tend to be at high risks of using high doses of cannabis. Thus, finding a real relationship has never been more significant.

In conclusion, there is a need for more research on the efficacy of marijuana and PTSD symptomatology. According to animal studies, cannabis may lead to decrease symptoms of PTSD. On the other hand, PTSD can lead to problematic, cannabis use disorder. Furthermore, some research studies may be limited by publication bias, and the absence of systematic, extensive controlled trials bring a lot of uncertainty to the table. Due to the rising number of people seeking medical marijuana for PTSD, there is an excellent need for thorough research trials and examination of the long-term effects of the use of cannabis for the treatment of PTSD and numerous medical conditions. Due to the limited evidence, doctors should use their clinical perspective when identifying the possible risks and benefits for a specific patient.

How CBD helps veterans with PTSD

PTSD is a symptom resulting from a traumatic event. Constantly re-experience these traumatic events, can lead to PTSD. PTSD happens when the section of the brain that controls fear is triggered, leading to constant fear especially when the person sees something that reminds him of that past event.

Some symptoms of PTSD include difficulties sleeping, substance abuse, emotionally numb, detachment, hypervigilance, Inability to control emotions, constant nightmares.

Veterans who are experiencing PTSD always face difficulties freeing themselves from fear. Most vets don’t like fireworks because it brings terrible memories. This can lead to a constant disruption of their daily activities.

When the pharmaceutical drugs used for PTSD fail to work, some veterans end up committing suicide to free themselves. 

PTSD mostly affects people who have witnessed fatal accidents, violent crimes, earthquakes, and more. 

Cannabis oil has been proven to treat PTSD. Recent investigations show the benefits of CBD for veterans suffering from PTSD.  Most war veterans claim that opioids have failed while cannabis oil has succeeded in relieving them from PTSD, chronic pain and related symptoms.

Nevertheless, the good news for veterans is that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the US has finally approved for research to be conducted on the use of cannabis as medicine. This is essential for the cannabis industry since it prompts more investigation on cannabis oil as a cure for veterans with PTSD.

Sources

Greer GR, Grob CS, Halberstadt AL. PTSD symptom reports of patients evaluated for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2014;46(1):73–77. [PubMed]

Boden MT, Babson KA, Vujanovic AA, et al. Posttraumatic stress disorder and cannabis use characteristics among military veterans with cannabis dependence. Am J Addict. 2013;22(3):277–284. [PubMed]

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