A question that has been circulating in the medical field as of late is can CBD help treat Psychosis. According to a new study Cannabidiol (CBD) may prove to be very effective in treating psychosis. First let’s get into what psychosis is.
Psychosis is a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality. Psychosis may occur as a result of a psychiatric illness like schizophrenia. In other instances, it may be caused by a health condition, medications, or drug use. Possible symptoms include delusions, hallucinations, talking incoherently, and agitation. The person with the condition usually isn’t aware of his or her behavior. Treatment may include medication and talk therapy.
Can CBD Help Treat Psychosis?
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found that even a single dose of CBD could reduce symptoms associated with psychosis by “resetting” activity in three key areas of the brain.
This is truly astounding. The study involved 33 participants who exhibited symptoms of psychosis. Also, as part of the study was a control group of healthy participants. Half of the participants suffering from psychosis were given 600 mg of an oral dose of CBD. Brain scans were then performed by researchers. The scans were then measured against the images of the healthy control group as well as those that did not receive a dosage of CBD.
The scans showed prominent differences. However, when the non-psychosis group was compared with those who were given a dosage of CBD, the difference in the brains scans was less noticeable.
“The results have started unraveling the brain mechanisms of a new drug that works in a completely different way to traditional anti-psychotics,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Sagnik Bhattacharyya from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College, London according to Forbes.
Although the study was small, researchers want to see these same results in the future in order to draw any conclusions about CBD’s affect on psychosis.
“There is an urgent need for a safe treatment for young people at risk of psychosis,” added Dr. Bhattacharyya. “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.”
CBD continues to be on the rise, with an emphasis on consumer items. This study as well as a few others could help open up completely new doors for the CBD world.