Cannabis CBD oil helps treat schizophrenia, new studies are finding. Cannabis oil contains extracts of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD is a known anti-inflammatory and calming compound.
What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a severe, lifelong mental disorder that disrupts a patient’s connection to the reality of his/her life. This condition is relatively rare, with only around 1% of the general population affected. It generally emerges in early adulthood and continues throughout the person’s life, with changing degrees of intensity.
Schizophrenia symptoms can start off in the initial phases as hallucinations, delusions, thought disorders, movement disorders (including not moving at all / catatonia) and repetitive movements. These symptoms happen inwardly and are not often obvious to the naked eye.
Outward symptoms include:
- speaking few words even when engaged in conversation,
- lack of pleasure in everyday life,
- changes in self-care and school or work performance,
- lack of motivation to begin and finish tasks,
- lack of emotion in general.
Cognitive symptoms include: poor attention span, trouble focusing, problems with working memory and poor executive function.
When people close to the patient see these symptoms, they know something is wrong.
How Does Cannabis CBD Oil Help Schizophrenia?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may enhance psychotic symptoms, while cannabidiol (CBD) helps relieve these symptoms. CBD inhibits the breakdown of the endocannabinoid AEA. This boosts the endocannabinoid system (ECS), responsible for managing the balance within the body’s immune processes. AEA may even postpone the onset of psychosis.
According to an article in Nature, scientists found CBD to be beneficial in treating Schizophrenia: In our translational approach, we performed a double-blind, randomized clinical trial of cannabidiol vs amisulpride, a potent antipsychotic, in acute schizophrenia to evaluate the clinical relevance of our initial findings. Either treatment was safe and led to significant clinical improvement, but cannabidiol displayed a markedly superior side-effect profile. Moreover, cannabidiol treatment was accompanied by a significant increase in serum anandamide levels, which was significantly associated with clinical improvement.
How Can I Take Cannabis CBD Oil For Schizophrenia?
People who have Schizophrenia can take CBD tincture, CBD pills, CBD drinks, or CBD-rich edibles orally to help control symptoms. If you know of a family member who is suffering with Schizophrenia, consider trying CBD oil. It really is powerful and Cannabis Therapy has seen first hand how effective it is at treating this condition.
Schizophrenia is manageable and, under the right conditions, sufferers can lead relatively normal lives. Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to offer support on how best to approach a cannabis therapy treatment plan.