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      News — CBD and PTSD

      CBD for the Military

      CBD for the Military

      Veterans who return from deployment face several difficulties, from reintegrating into normal life or in some cases, chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, and a host of other problems. While many vets have turned to opioids for pain or simply steeling themselves in the face of all of this adversity, others have wanted to use CBD for many years but were blocked by the federal government's regulations.

      With Senator Tulsi Gabbard's endorsement, the government decided to end its ban on CBD for military members, which is a huge step forward. Let's look at why this is such a big deal.

       

      Veterans and PTSD

      Post-traumatic stress disorder is caused by extreme situations of fear, panic, violence, or helplessness, all of which our vets face during deployment. PTSD is typically treated with therapy and medication, but often it's not enough. Additionally, getting access to the right medication and therapy with veteran's benefits can be tricky.

      While CBD use for military personnel has shown promise in helping with CBD, it has been blocked because of draconian laws in the federal government regarding hemp products. This legal reversal opens up a whole new world for vets to treat their PTSD.

       

      Suicides

      In PTSD-suffering vets, suicide rates are extremely high when compared to the general public. In 2017, veteran suicide rates were 1.5x that of the general population, highlighting the need for better interventions with their mental health.

       

      Painkillers (non-opioid)

      Many vets suffer from chronic, debilitating pain from their service. The use of painkillers among vets is extremely high, and long-term painkiller use can cause liver and kidney damage, leading to premature death and loss of quality of life. Additionally, painkiller use is correlated with a desire to avoid showing outward pain, meaning many vets who use these painkillers are not being treated correctly, either physically or psychologically. This is usually due to fear of being considered weak, as there is still a stigma with psychological help in this country.

       

      Opioid pain killer

      Opioid painkillers work differently than normal analgesics. These painkillers trick the brain into simply thinking its not in pain, but they're highly addictive and have a high potential for life-altering dependence. Until CBD was legalized, there was no good alternative to these pain killers for many vets experiencing the opioid epidemic.

      A hopeful future

      With CBD legalization for vets, many of our military members will get the help they need in a safe, natural form. If this legalization helps even a small percentage of vets escape from the nightmare of PTSD and the cycle of painkiller and opioid abuse, then it's well worth the effort.

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      CBD & PTSD in Veterans

      Members of the military have long been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition characterized by severe reactions after a traumatic event. The symptoms of this disease can include anything from flashbacks to chronic anxiety. We'll look at how CBD, a substance purported to ease the burdens of anxiety and stress, affects veterans according to VA.org, the official website of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

      A Serious Matter  

      According to VA.org, one in five veterans who fought in the Middle East developed PTSD. In 2017, there were 17 deaths per day via suicide for veterans. Veterans who don't get help end up facing challenges that they are often unable to overcome. 

      The Nature of CBD 

      There have been a lot of claims about cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating substance derived from the hemp plant. These claims range from physical benefits, such as anti-inflammatory properties, as well as mental benefits, such as a reduction of anxiety and mood enhancement. The VA has examined several studies regarding CBD to determine the truth of these claims.

      The Timing of Trauma 

      One study performed in 2011 showed that a dose of 600 mg reduced anxiety in subjects. There was evidence in this study that showed that CBD worked best where the subject had already experienced stress before taking the CBD. This is potentially great news for veterans with PTSD, who have clearly already sustained trauma prior to taking CBD as a remedy. 

      Unstable Moments 

      PTSD often manifests in extreme episodes that can quickly turn destructive for both the sufferer and the person around them. In 2015, an online publication called Neurotherapeutics posted a paper called "Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders". In this study, the authors concluded that CBD prevented an increase in anxiety caused by unpredictable stress. 

      Active Military Members 

      There is also some evidence to show that CBD could be even better for those who are still in combat. While there are no studies for active members, the VA acknowledges that CBD could either decrease the effects of PTSD or even prevent the development of this disorder. If CBD can help balance the mental state of a military member, it stands to reason they would enter stressful situations with less existing anxiety and depression. 

      Taking CBD 

      The VA recognizes that CBD could be life-changing for veterans, especially those who are going through serious hardships due to the brutality of war. However, the VA does not see CBD oil as a cure for anxiety. It is not meant to eliminate symptoms, only to help veterans manage them. Veterans are still expected to seek additional help, such as psychotherapy, to help work through any lingering fear or stress. 

      Taking Strides 

      The world has come a long way when it comes to understanding the reality of CBD & PTSD. Far from fearing the substance, many people are opening themselves up to its benefits, and it's becoming a popular purchase for veterans by the day. Further studies will tell us more about how CBD can be used, who should take it, and which doses are most effective. 

      If you're interested in learning more about the connection between CBD and anxiety relief, Fully Activated CBD is here to help. We also offer CBD Assistance programs for veterans. We want our products to be accessible to everyone, which is why we offer 40% off to all veterans and active-duty military members. If you have questions about our programs, reach out to us today!