A recent Canadian study found that CBD could help lower the risk of suicide and depression for those that suffer from PTSD. It discovered that patients with PTSD were 66 percent more likely to have suicidal thoughts and 70 percent were more likely to become depressed when not using cannabis as opposed to those that did.
Many people that live with PTSD often use cannabis to help their symptoms. The purpose of the study was to see whether or not the use of cannabis would modify the connection between PTSD and the occurrence of suicidal thoughts and depression.
It is well known that because of the limited options for treating PTSD, many turn to cannabis to treat their symptoms. However, for the first time, the results of this study have shown that there are probable benefits to treating PTSD with cannabis.
Those that suffer from PTSD have a higher possibility to thoughts of suicide and depression.
The study provided an introduction to evidence of the method used to find the causes of health outcomes and diseases in populations that indeed the use of cannabis could reduce PTSD symptoms. The researches went further to say that there needs to be experimental research to investigate the effectiveness of cannabinoids in treating PTSD.
The results of this study are quite promising and support other studies that have shown cannabis to be helpful in the treatment of PTSD. However, this study does have limitations. Those that participated in the study did not disclose how often, how much or the type of cannabis they used. Due to not having a double blind control group and the small amount of participants it made it difficult to come to a perfect conclusion.
In particular, there needs to be more research on how often and how much cannabis needs to be taken to possibly have an effect in reducing symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts. It would be safer to offer medical grade cannabis managed by a nurse or doctor rather than unregulated cannabis purchased on the street, suggested Ian Hamilton, senior lecturer at York University.