Doctors and scientists worldwide are beginning to see the vast benefits of medical marijuana.
Cannabidiol is of particular interest as it has been found to be beneficial for brain health. Researchers at the King's College London have found that CBD could help reset brain abnormalities in people suffering from psychosis.
Of all the cannabinoids, the most common one known is THC. As the principal psychoactive compound, this is the ingredient that causes the "psychedelic" effects. Recent studies have found that CBD is the opposite of THC, relieving anxiety and pain, and even gaining FDA approval as a treatment to reduce seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy.
CBD and THC have different strengths in the body. CBD for instance is favored to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC. CBD generates an anti-inflammatory effects, an agonistic effect reducing total inflammatory damage, controls inflammation in the brain, promotes the uptake of intracellular calcium and smoothing muscles and skeletal muscles to mitigate spasticity and associated pain. THC can be useful in the management of severe debilitating pain that cannot be completely controlled by CBD. It is also effective in conditions where sedation and distraction are important methods of helping to control pain such as late stage cancers, kidney failure, traumatic brain injury, hepatitis etc..
Since some psychosis has a similar symptom list as the effects from THC, scientists have been studying CBD as a possible anti-psychotic drug and the results have been promising. So far only a small group (33 participants) has been studied for these effects with 16 subjects receiving the CBD and tested against 17 participants receiving a placebo. An MRI showed that the patients using the CBD had less abnormal brain activity than the placebo group. The researchers are now planning to do a much larger scale study.
Sagnik Bhattacharyya, an author on the study states "One of the main advantages of cannabidiol is that it is safe and seems to be very well tolerated, making it in some ways an ideal treatment. If successful, this trial will provide definitive proof of cannabidiol's role as an antipsychotic treatment and pave the way for use in the clinic."
If you are suffering with
- chronic pain
- positive HIV status
- damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication or intractable spasticity
- irritable bowel disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- multiple sclerosis
- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Huntington’s disease
You may be a candidate for medical marijuana. Call us at 845 358-8385 to schedule your Med Mary consult with Dr. E.
Irving, M. (2018, August 30). Cannabis extract could form basis of new anti-psychotic treatments. Retrieved from https://newatlas.com/cannabis-extract-psychosis-treatment/56142/