FORT COLLINS, Colo .– Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects nearly 2.5 million veterans in the United States. Its symptoms can constitute considerable obstacles for veterinarians returning to civilian life. A company is trying to use the benefits of CBD to fight PTSD.
Nick Dunnigan flew two missions in Afghanistan.
“When I came out of the military, it was kind of a typical standard story. I went to a really dark place for a year or two. He was facing a lot of hyper-vigilance, depression, anxiety, constantly on his guard, ”he said.
The base where he worked suffered daily missile and mortar attacks. Living in this environment for so long caused Dunnigan’s stress levels to spike and he was eventually diagnosed with PTSD.
“I couldn’t often walk into a room or place where there was a crowd of people I didn’t know because instantly I just triggered these symptoms and tried to put my back against a wall. so no one can get in behind you, ”Dunnigan said.
Between 11% and 20% of veterans who served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from PTSD.
“In post-traumatic stress disorder, they can’t forget it and these recurring thoughts go on constantly, and they can’t get rid of these thoughts,” said Dr. Philip Blair.
Blair served as a combat medic during the First Gulf War. Today he is studying hemp and its effects on humans. Right now he’s looking at what he can do to treat PTSD, working with Emek Blair, the founder of Cellg8.
“What we do know is that it attaches to certain receptors in your body and helps normalize your mood, helps normalize your body’s responses,” Blair said.
Cellg8 makes all kinds of supplements, including CBD products.
CBD is a component of marijuana, but by itself it does not cause euphoria.
Blair tested CBD products on a group of veterans with PTSD.
“There was a 67% reduction in their symptoms over the four weeks,” Blair said.
CBD products are widely available these days. Blair claims that what is called liposomal delivery makes his products different.
“Your body likes to absorb things wrapped in fat,” Blair said.
Basically, wrapping the vitamin or CBD in a membrane of fat can help deliver it more effectively.
While these types of products are not subject to FDA approval, Blair says he and his team follow their own high standards.
“From start to finish, we test these products about five or six times throughout the process. And on top of that, we’re doing things like clinical studies to prove that they’re safe and effective, ”Blair said.
Cellg8, through sister company Puffin Hemp, offers special prices on CBD products for veterans
“These products cost $ 150 each and we said, ‘that’s just not fair,’ so we want to give them to them at a very affordable or free price,” Blair said.
Veterans can get a bottle of CBD for as little as $ 10, from veterans like Dunnigan.
“I was able to start to ingest that stuff and really feel a difference in the overall calm of life,” Dunnigan said.
While CBD is just one tool in Dunnigan’s toolkit for tackling his PTSD, he thinks it’s a really important tool.
“If I’m not able to take the CBD and get to a place to calm down and fend for myself, then will I even get up off the couch and get out of the house today to go paddle boarding? or go for a hike, something like that. All of these things that I love to do, ”said Dunnigan.