About half of Americans will experience at least one traumatic event in their lives. Of those, a percentage will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
3.6% of adults experience PTSD in any given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Women are nearly three times more likely than men to be affected.
PTSD is very difficult for affected individuals to live with. It doesn’t help that so many misconceptions persist about the disorder, leading many to live with shame or feel that others do not understand what they are going through.
Various forms of psychotherapy, often combined with medications like SSRIs, are the primary form of treatment for PTSD. However, a growing body of evidence suggests that cannabinoids (CBD) may also be helpful in treating PTSD, particularly the anxiety and sleep-related symptoms of the disorder.