How CBD Oil Helps Veterans All Across The United States
Veterans across the country are fighting for the right to use CBD oil. In fact, right now America is facing a menacing enemy which, unfortunately, is taking its toll on U.S. veterans. The country is in the midst of an opioid crisis of epidemic proportions, and it’s affecting veterans at higher rates than the general public.
On top of that, two of the most common medical conditions from which vets suffer are chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Could CBD oil help veterans to kick the opioids and other medications and save lives?
Can CBD Oil Replace Opioids for Treating Chronic Pain?
Opioids account for 63 percent of all the drug deaths in the United States. More than 72,000 deaths were attributed to opioid abuse and overdose in 2017, according to the government website DrugAbuse.gov.
Government data shows that almost 60 percent of veterans returning from the Middle East and more than 50 percent of older veterans are in the VA medical system to treat chronic pain. Research suggests that CBD oil may help regulate the flow of pain signals within the brain.
In fact, a number of studies have suggested that there has been a reduction in opioid deaths in states with medical cannabis programs.
What about CBD oil for treating PTSD?
Also of great concern is the high incidence of PTSD and suicide among veterans. Traditional treatments for PTSD actually carry suicide warnings and can make matters worse for some vets. Many vets claim that CBD oil provides relief from PTSD attacks.
PTSD is a form of anxiety. Anxiety is an evolutionary development that has kept humans safe and out of harm’s way for millennia. When our brains determine that we are in danger, we produce signaling chemicals that activate brain regions which are responsible for preparing the body to run and hide or fight back. The process is known as the fight or flight response. Then, once the danger passes, another set of signaling molecules is produced that calms us down and instills feelings of safety. The second process is known as fear extinction.
It is believed that in cases of PTSD, the fight or flight response goes out of control and the fear extinction process is inhibited resulting in intense feelings of fear, even when there is no danger.
What We Know So Far
CBD has been shown to help regulate the production of a hormone known as serotonin which is thought to be responsible for fear extinction. The production and uptake of serotonin are mediated by a chemical called anandamide which is produced naturally by our bodies. Research suggests that CBD can mimic the effects of anandamide and induce feelings of safety.
ProjectCBD director Martin Lee has been closely studying the association between CBD and PTSD. In a report on the topic, Lee wrote, “Researchers found that people with PTSD had lower levels of anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid compound, compared to those who did not show signs of PTSD. Innate to all mammals, anandamide (our inner cannabis, so to speak) triggers the same receptors that are activated by THC and other components of the marijuana plant.”
Lee continues, “Scientists have determined that normal CB-1 receptor signaling deactivates traumatic memories and endows it with the gift of forgetting. But skewed CB-1 signaling, due to endocannabinoid deficits (low serum levels of anandamide), results in impaired fear extinction, aversive memory consolidation, and chronic anxiety, the hallmarks of PTSD.”
Furthermore, in 2016, a group of UK and Brazilian researchers studied the effects of CBD on the brain’s responses to anxiety, fear, and trauma. Their findings, which were published in the December 2016 issue of the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology, showed that treatment with CBD “reduced contextual fear memory expression” in mice. Researchers determined that CBD may change the way that the brain functions when exposed to signals associated with past trauma.
And finally, a group called Care By Design recently surveyed 300 PTSD patients asking them about the effectiveness of various medications to treat PTSD, including CBD oil. Many respondents reported that CBD oil was more effective than traditional medications and far less likely to make symptoms worse than traditional treatments.
A full 80 percent of the respondents said that not only did CBD improve their condition, it also resulted in a reduction in the consumption of alcohol.
Diamond CBD Cares About Veterans
Research on the use of CBD oil to treat PTSD and chronic pain continues as attitudes toward medicinal cannabis shift, and laws become more favorable, allowing researchers and doctors to study the use of CBD in treating PTSD without fear of breaking the law.
To help the men and women who fought for our freedom Diamond CBD offers a special discount code for all veterans. It’s 50 percent off. Just contact our customer service team today with proof of your veteran status, and we’ll give you a code to apply directly to your order.