Why More and More Veterans are Turning to CBD Oil in 2019


CBD oil is a homeopathic alternative medicine to treat a variety of physical and mental conditions. In recent years, CBD oil has dramatically increased in popularity for the numerous benefits it offers with minor side effects.

Some of the benefits of CBD oil are extremely relevant to veterans. CBD has been tested and found to help manage the side effects of some common conditions that many veterans are currently dealing with. 

Existing treatment for these conditions can have extreme side effects, risk of addiction, and other complications that are not present in CBD oil usage. This is part of what makes it a popular alternative to veterans seeking relief.

Here are a few conditions common with veterans that CBD oil can help with:

  • Insomnia

Insomnia can be common in veterans. Nightmares, fear of sleeping, and anxiety are all factors in this condition. CBD oil taken before bed can help to eliminate or soothe some of these underlying factors so that people can sleep better.

CBD treats insomnia somewhat indirectly. It can help relieve anxiety and nervousness, calming the mind to allow users to drift off to sleep more naturally.

According to Kyro, the amount of time that it takes CBD to work depends on several factors, including the weight of the users, potency and quality of the product, what the user has eaten recently, and how it is taken. Vaping CBD is one way to quickly ingest a high level of CBD. 

Start by taking small doses of CBD oil and work your way up to larger doses. Each body is different, so there will be some trial and error. 

  • PTSD

Many veterans live with PTSD. Because of the traumatic experiences that they’ve endured, dealing with PTSD can be extremely disruptive in the lives of veterans.

Multiple studies have shown that CBD on its own has a positive influence on the side effects of PTSD. One study was performed on a child who was sexually abused at a very young age. The child was given 12-25mg of CBD oil daily. Results showed relief from anxiety, sleep disturbances, and other symptoms. 

Before trying CBD oil, this child was given traditional treatments. The treatments, however, provided only short-term or partial relief. Not only did CBD oil work better for the child, but it produced significantly fewer side effects than the other treatments.

CBD oil, in general, produces very few and very minor side effects according to CoolThingsChicago. All side effects that we’re currently aware of are also only temporary. These side effects could include dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in appetite, or changes in mood.

  • Chronic Pain

Veterans may suffer from chronic pain as a result of injuries they sustained during their service. CBD oil has been proven to help manage targeted chronic pain like pain in joints or the back as well as generalized pain that cannot be assigned to a specific location.

CBD helps to manage chronic pain by reducing inflammation and inhibiting neuropathic pain. CBD works with your own system to reduce your body’s reaction to pain signals. 

Results for chronic pain treatment will vary from person to person. CBD oil can be taken orally or vaped to receive these benefits, but CBD oil-infused products like topical creams may also be beneficial for targeting site-specific pain.

  • Depression

Depression is one of the most common reasons that people use CBD oil. Depression is also a very common condition in veterans today. CBD oil can help to manage symptoms of depression while also side-stepping the significant number of negative side effects involved in traditional treatments.

While there is considered to be a lot of potential for CBD oil as a treatment for depression in humans, many of the studies that have been performed up to this point were performed on animals.

One such study was done on mice who were forced to perform stressful swim test or open field tests. Mice that were given CBD before the tests performed better and had more mental and physical energy than mice who were not. The mice that were treated needed less time to rest after the test and were more willing to explore in the open field.

More testing needs to be done before CBD oil can be cleared by the FDA to use for this purpose. 

As with any other situation, it is very important that people discuss treatment with their doctors before making any decisions. People who suffer from depression should not make decisions about their treatment impulsively or on their own. CBD oil may negatively interact with other medications, and results of usage are different for everyone.

  • Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease is officially recognized as a presumptive condition by the VA. Veterans who served in Vietnam, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, or Camp Lejeune during specific time periods may have been exposed to toxins that can lead to Parkinson’s Disease.

CBD oil is a potential treatment option for veterans diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Studies show that CBD can help decrease dystonic movements–the repetitive movements, twisting, or abnormal postures associated with Parkinson’s.

Relief from these movements and muscle spasms can help people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease get more restful sleep and move about more easily.

Clinical trials of CBD oil have resulted in conflicting results, though some believe that is due to participants’ advanced cases of Parkinson’s. Further testing needs to be done to discover more about the effectiveness of CBD oil in treating Parkinson’s Disease.

According to Digital Authority Partners, the CBD oil industry is expected to value at $20 billion by 2024. With the continued increase in interest and usage of CBD oil, it is likely that we will see more and more applications for it in the future. 

Studies on the effectiveness of CBD oil need to continue so that we can fully understand its benefits and uses. For people who are interested in using CBD oil to treat any of the conditions stated above, it is always advised that they talk to their doctors about whether CBD oil will be helpful for them.

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