There’s a growing number of our country’s Veterans returning from war who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, chronic pain and more. Our Veteran’s often battle mental health issues or combat-related chronic pain that makes returning to civilian life difficult and the struggle to adjust can increase the stress, anxiety, and depression further affecting their lives. The suicide rate among our Veterans is alarmingly high and a worrisome development for the great men and women who have served this country. 

Studies have shown CBD may have many positive effects for support of pain, anxiety, depression, mood enhancement, and a variety of mental and physical complaints. Many are looking to CBD as a valuable option for supplementing the existing treatment regimens for our Veterans with PTSD and a variety of mental, emotional, and physical health issues. Opioids are often prescribed to Veterans, even though there is a growing awareness of the negative side effects of opioid use — including addiction, mental health side effects, with negative emotional and physical effects as well. CBD may offer a natural, safe to use option to pair with current regimens for support of PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and overall well being.

PTSD, in particular, can be a difficult disorder to fully understand as it can have a variety of symptoms, triggers, and affects multiple body systems. Treatment of PTSD is still developing and can be tricky because there are generally no PTSD-specific medications available. Veterans find their physicians treating individual symptoms of the disorder, with each medication often bringing on its own side effects and concerns. Dealing with the underlying causes of PTSD with emotional and mental support — and achieving more balanced body systems with CBD — may bring positive results. In the studies mentioned earlier, CBD has been shown to potentially support a variety of symptoms of PTSD by:

  • Lowering Stress Hormones
  • Decreasing Pain
  • Reducing Anxiety
  • Enhancing Mood
  • Reducing Depression

CBD also has been shown to potentially calm the mind and support a better night’s rest. CBD has very few side effects and may be a valuable and natural option for supporting our Veterans and possibly improving their quality of life.

As a Veteran Founded business, Healing Harbors is proud to work with many Veterans as customers and partners — and we look forward to introducing more programs that support the great men and women who have served and are actively serving this country.