Men and women across America are successfully treating PTSD with CBD and throwing their conventional anxiety/depression medications into the trash.
I decided to go through hundreds and hundreds of CBD product reviews and I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned.
Why CBD Customer Reviews?
Well, because thanks to “the system” there are relatively few CBD clinical studies and findings based on human trials within medical and scientific literature. Plenty on animals and culture dishes, few on actual living breathing human beings.
Furthermore, despite the official studies that do exist showing how miraculous CBD is within the human body, “the system” doesn’t really lift an eyebrow. For example it didn’t move much of a muscle when CBD proved immeasurably helpful for children dealing with different forms of seizures. Regardless, in households all over America right now people with PTSD, depression, insomnia, anxiety, etc., are using the substance privately.
Many of them then go online and leave reviews, write blogs, put out video testimonials, or spread the news on social media for all to see. Vast human trial results aren’t going into government or Big Pharma funded research papers, they’re being published freely en masse on the internet.
I eagerly invite you to check them out for yourself someday.
PTSD Treatment: The Unexpected Side Effect
I’d say you only need to read about 300 authentic CBD product customer reviews to get the gist of what’s happening. I read reviews under tinctures, syringes, vape oils and sprays, you name it.
After a while they’ll start sounding repetitive as folks say the same things again and again. Here’s one from an online store selling CBD products that let’s people leave reviews. I’ve read hundreds like this but with different disorder names of all kinds:
“I was recently diagnosed with schizoaffective bipolar disorder with post-traumatic stress. I’ve been on tons of meds and was tired of all the side effects. Determined to find a healthier way to live with my illnesses, my boyfriend told me to try CBD. I have begun using it, and can already see so many positive improvements that I’ve taken myself off all medications. I’ve improved with my anxiety, my mind is clearer, my ups and downs have been mellow, and my attitude is more positive. If I have any schizophrenic episodes it is very brief. I now feel very optimistic!”
Most are only experimenting though, just beginning to use CBD to try and treat a large array of different conditions. I find that often what most excites them are the positive mental health results they weren’t expecting. Here are some common examples you’ll come across over and over:
- Takes CBD to treat arthritic/neuropathic pain, finds it dramatically lessens anxiety.
- Takes CBD to treat skin condition, discovers their quality of sleep increasing.
- Takes CBD to improve recovery after surgery, finds depression levels dropping like a rock.
- Takes CBD to help with sleep, discovers agoraphobia suddenly gone as well during the day.
Here’s a perfect example from another online CBD store and a different product:
“I purchased this in hopes of help with complications due to a spinal cord injury. It does help a little with spasticity, but not as much as hoped. Although it does seem to help with my overall sense of well-being. I feel less depressed or at least better able to deal with my feelings of depression.”
It’s actually quite inspiring. Brings a tear to your eye every now and again. Thumbing through all these heart-wrenching testimonials on your smartphone about how people’s lives are being transformed thanks to this fantastic natural substance.
Throwing Away Conventional Meds
CBD also seems to be crushing the mainstream pill-popping culture wherever it goes.
Almost every other CBD review you read will be someone that’s utterly ecstatic because they don’t need as many of their conventional pills and medications. CBD either allows them to get completely off their “meds” right away, or substantially at first then gradually they find they can wean themselves down to very little doses over a short period of time (a couple weeks to 6 months is the range I see a bunch).
And I’ll be frank, I’ve only come across one high-level doctor (who works within government) in a CBD documentary that has a problem with this. But you can feel the pharmaceutical companies squirming and that documentary is a couple years old.
Here’s an example of what we’re talking about. I’m going to leave out the medication names and the person’s identity. Countless reviews sound exactly like this though which you can go read yourself at your leisure:
“I live in AZ and have access to potent CBD-rich hemp oil which I’ve begun to use for my PTSD. It has been life changing. I was on two antidepressants, X, then X for nightmares, and self-medicating with X like crazy. In six months I am down to one antidepressant. Nothing for anxiety or sleep anymore. Have lost weight because I’m sleeping better and have more energy.”
Keep in mind many of these people aren’t heavy combat veterans or people who survived serious abuse of some kind. Not everyone with anxiety and depression fit those MOs. Anxiety and depression are so widespread in America it’s crazy, but for a lot of complex reasons.
Out of nowhere, CBD is spreading like wildfire not because of hype or because the medical establishment is pushing it…but through word of mouth.
How is CBD Helping PTSD Sufferers?
The most common ways people describe the psychological aspects are interesting because CBD-rich hemp oil (vs. medical cannabis or behind the counter medications) doesn’t get them high or intoxicated in any way. So they’re being caught off guard.
As if suddenly within their moment to moment life-experience, they find…
- Their minds seem more focused and able to tackle tasks without being all over the place thanks to nervous anxiety.
- Their anxiety and depression levels decrease to a certain degree after being released from the nasty side effects of widely used conventional medications and pharmaceuticals.
- They sleep better and have lots of “good” energy vs. the kind you get from constant anxiety-adrenaline levels going through the roof.
- They feel a heightened state of well-being, a positive attitude change, slight euphoria…you know, happiness!
- They feel more comfortable in their own skin if that makes sense. Again, this is without any negative side effects or feeling intoxicated.
What’s happening is that their Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is being lavished with healthy cannabinoids (something your body already produces in tiny quantities), which in turn is raising their anandamide levels. In my opinion, what we’re seeing are three groups of people.
- Type 1: These are folks that developed PTSD through a very stressful event like war or severe abuse or sudden tragedy. With a fully functional and empowered ECS these traumatic memories are “forgotten” on the cellular level (we’re talking “CB1” neural synapses now) and replaced with a healthier state of mind. That’s why people describe their experience as “The absence of symptoms,” as if they suddenly disappear. This function of the ECS was first theorized by the Godfather of CBD research himself, the world renowned and deeply respected researcher and professor Raphael Mechoulam.
- Type 2: These are folks that experience PTSD symptoms like anxiety and depression as a result of chronic pain and sickness. Once these are relieved thanks to a better ECS, obviously their anxiety and depression levels go down and they sleep better at night.
- Type 3: These are folks who deal with heavy anxiety or depression thanks to the unpleasant side effects of conventional pharmaceuticals or medical treatments. As they get away from these pills and devastating treatments, anxiety, depression, and insomnia levels decrease.
Listen I’m no doctor. Not by a LOOOOOONG shot! Let’s be clear on that. I’m just reporting what I’m seeing in terms of sifting through reviews and testimonials and doing more and more research into CBD, the ECS, and PTSD among other things to help Marjan build the HempforFitness brand.
I’ve also used the pure oil myself, and the massage oil, and the topical cream. But that’s a story for another time.
Is CBD Working for Everyone?
That’s a hard question to answer. All human beings have an ECS. In the same way all humans have cardiovascular, muscular, and nervous systems.
Honestly, there are a fair amount of reviews where the worst people claim is that they don’t experience anything, as in nothing so it feels like they wasted their money. The CBD they tried didn’t seem to help them with what they got the concentrate, vape oil, topical lotion, etc., for, and it didn’t influence their sleep, anxiety, or depression levels either.
So what gives?
Personally, I think it has to do primarily with these two things:
- They used a CBD product with too low of a dosage. This is very common. It’s the Wild West of CBD usage out there and the establishment is pretty much staying out of it for now. Furthermore, people don’t know or understand how much CBD they require and when they get something too strong they don’t know how to dilute it properly at home on their own.
- In this initial market-phase no one really knows which product, or “delivery-system” is best for them. Edibles? Topical creams and lotions? Pure oils? Tinctures? Drops or sprays? Many people are likely testing the CBD waters with the wrong products.
The CBD market is exploding and I mean growing unlike anything anyone’s ever seen. So of course there are charlatans selling CBD snake oil out there. And, with such a huge production chain some batches of CBD just aren’t going to be as potent as others.
You may purchase two vials of the same exact brand of CBD oil and get two different results; one fabulous and one not so much. Make sense?
Forgiving some form of still undiscovered chronic ECS deficiency, CBD should have a positive impact on everyone who uses it as long as it’s the right dosage and comes from potent oil. This is as true for the strong and healthy as it is for the sick and ailing. Will we discover that some people’s bodies are producing higher levels of endocannabinoids and therefore CBD products don’t seem to have as pronounced an impact? Probably. The ECS is involved in ALL health and disease-related systems of the body.
Ever know someone who could do just about anything to their bodies and stay physically healthy? My grandfather treated his body horribly but lived to a couple months’ shy of 100 years old! I’m betting his body produced higher levels of endocannabinoids.
That said, while countless people are experiencing the same results in terms of successfully treating their PTSD symptoms, nothing works for everyone. Plus CBD and the ECS aren’t fully understood yet. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article we’re only in the very first stages of the modern CBD revolution.
Is CBD Worth the Expense?
Most people feel that CBD-rich hemp oil products are expensive and…yeah. No doubt because of a) how new all this is, b) the rapid advancement of CBD-based technological innovation, and c) demand is roaring like a raging inferno skywards.
But, here’s something else that’s true:
The need for CBD decreases the more you use it. That is to say, the more empowered and emblazoned the ECS system becomes, the less CBD it needs to do its job!
Once things have been fixed, for example a source of pain or sickness has been healed on the cellular level, the immediate need for CBD goes away.
People are either then going to small “maintenance” doses, which for one woman was two puffs on her vape pen in the morning, just making CBD a part of their diet, or not using it at all unless things or conditions flare up.
Can we say that about almost any mainstream anxiety or depression medication you can think of? No. Modern “drugs” only seem to keep depression, anxiety, and insomnia symptoms at bay, they don’t fix anything.
Where Should Someone with PTSD Start Experimenting with CBD?
Once again I must stress that I’m not a doctor, or physician, or holistic medicine expert or any of that. I’m a writer, researcher, and digital marketing consultant. But if I were to base my answer on what I’m reading from people all over the internet I would say…
Whether you’re sick or healthy, you HAVE to do your own research and experiment with different products to find the right delivery system and dosage. That’s the truth. Two points on this subject:
- The worst is that sick or ailing people experience nothing and feel they’ve been had or wasted their money. You can’t overdose that anyone’s aware of. I’ve listened to more than one doctor being asked about toxicity levels and so far there is no known toxic level, at least none that doctors are prescribing of the medicinal CBD (this includes THC which means it’s only available in a couple states right now) which has very high levels.
- However, because of so much CBD oil and CBD oil-based products flooding into America from the outside, it is possible to use “dirty” CBD oil which can have any number of things: plant residue, synthetic ingredients, chemical solvents, unnatural flavorings, etc. But again, there are zero reports of anyone being harmed by using legal CBD oil made from organically grown industrial hemp plants.
People seem to experience better results when they start out with these two delivery methods that are much easier to experiment with vs. pure oil or syringes.
- Tinctures: Products like the Cibdex 1oz Peppermin Drops for $59 make it very easy for people at home to regulate their dosages and aren’t as expensive as pure oil or concentrates.
- Vaping: Very popular, but, not as easy to control dosage. Whatever, people find this delivery method very dependable. Marjan designed her own HempforFitness dual purpose CBD vape-pen for $69 which is awesome. I’ve seen them. Super-cool kit and it’s easy to vape CBD discretely.
Point is if you or someone you care about is dealing with PSTD or any of its serious symptoms, it’s most definitely, unequivocally, and unquestionably worth it to give CBD-rich help oil a shot. That’s not just according to me, but thousands of resounding voices in the digital world whose number grows by the day.