- People reported taking CBD for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
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Most participants using CBD for PTSD characterized their PTSD as “moderate.” Over half (57%) reported that they had had PTSD for over ten years. Fourteen percent of participants with PTSD were military veterans.
Severity of PTSD
The majority of participants using CBD for PTSD also reported that they were using CBD for depression (80%), pain (77%), and sleep problems (67%).
Notably, this group was almost three times more likely than the average participant to report using CBD for alcoholism/addiction. And, they were almost three times more likely to be using CBD for a brain injury.
This group favored CBD derived from or used in combination with cannabis over hemp-derived CBD (53% utilized CBD from or with cannabis), meaning they were more likely to be using THC.
Participants were asked to rate how CBD impacted nine common symptoms of PTSD (see chart below), indicating whether the symptom was a “much better,” “little better,” “no change,” a “little worse,” or “lot worse.” CBD appeared to be highly effective in addressing a range of PTSD symptoms, particularly anxiety, anger, irritability, depression, mood swings, and panic attacks. CBD was also helpful, though less so, in mitigating unwanted thoughts, nightmares, and heart palpitations.