Cannabis extract could provide ‘new class of treatment’ for psychosis


Cannabidiol (CBD) has ‘opposite effect’ to THC which causes cannabis high, as well as paranoia, when smoked

Alex Matthews-King – The Independent – Dec 15, 2017

A key component of medical marijuana could provide an “entirely new” type of treatment for mental health patients suffering with hallucinations and delusions.

The first clinical trial exploring the effects of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the major psychoactive compounds in cannabis, found that it could relieve symptoms in patients with psychosis.

CBD has a broadly opposite effect to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active component  in cannabis and the substance that causes paranoia and anxiety.

It also doesn’t cause a high so has little recreational benefit.

This has led to CBD being studied as a potential therapy for mental health conditions, epilepsy, and in Parkinson’s disease, or chronic pain.

 

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