CBD May Counteract Symptoms of Psychosis

Psychosis, defined as a serious mental illness marked by a loss of contact with reality, is extremely difficult to treat with standard medications. Recent studies suggest that CBD oil may provide hope for relief of difficult symptoms.

Psychosis frequently accompanies schizophrenia, but symptoms can also be caused by alcohol abuse, drug-induced psychosis, severe dementia, brain injury, trauma, or certain neurological disorders.

Symptoms are typically treated with medications, but anti-psychotic drugs carry a number of potential side effects, including movement disorders, muscle spasms, weight gain, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting.

Not surprisingly, people who have trouble coping with the many unpleasant side effects of psychosis drugs may fail to follow the treatment plan or simply forget to take the medications. In other cases, they feel so much better that they decide medication is no longer necessary.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD (Cannabidiol), is one of two active chemical compounds in marijuana. The most common compound is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the chemical that gets people high. CBD causes no euphoric effects.

In fact, recreational (herbal) marijuana is bred to contain a high level of THC and very little CBD. In most cases, CBD is extracted from hemp, which is less processed and contains a higher CBD content.

Because CBD content is so low in recreational marijuana, it’s impossible to attain the high CBD levels used in research studies by smoking a joint. However, hemp-based CBD oil, which contains no THC, is now legal for purchase in many areas.

THC May Trigger Psychosis

Interestingly, numerous studies suggest that THC may actually trigger psychosis or worsen symptoms in people who are prone to schizophrenia, but effects of CBD oil appear to be exactly the opposite. This is a good reason why people with symptoms of schizophrenia should never smoke marijuana recreationally.

CBD: Not a Magic Cure

CBD shouldn’t be considered a cure for schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders. In most cases, CBD isn’t used as a replacement for anti-psychotic medicines, but it may be helpful when used as a supplement to standard medications, supervised by an experienced psychiatrist.

CBD oil is already used as PTSD drug therapy, and it may relieve anxiety and other disorders. While it may make life easier for people suffering with schizophrenia and/or psychosis, more extensive research is needed before the substance is widely used.

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