Cannabidiol and mental health disorders
Cannabidiol or CBD has proved to be highly effective in the treatment of many mental health disorders, possible due to its antipsychotic properties. According to data from several studies, CBD has demonstrated promising results when treating patients with mental health disorders including psychosis.
Research on people who were suffering from psychosis showed that the symptoms of psychosis such as delusions, various types of hallucinations and symptoms of paranoia decreased following the use of CBD for six weeks. Apart from the reduction of these symptoms, the participants of the research also showed an improvement of cognitive functions after the treatment.
Along with the positive results from the previous researches, many psychiatrists are now ready to experiment with CBD as a new drug, which can act as a low toxic medication with minimal side effects. The natural property of CBD makes it an easy choice for psychiatrists. However, many other studies are still in the process of evaluating the role of CBD therapy as a modern medication. If the results of new studies show that the effectiveness of CBD therapy alone is sufficient to treat psychosis, they can be introduced as an alternative to the traditional antipsychotics. This would make the treatment of psychosis more effective and safe in comparison with the conventional antipsychotics which have many side-effects.
The use of CBD is not limited to manage the symptoms that come with psychosis. It can also be used in the treatment of schizophrenia, which is another frequent medical condition confronted in the clinical practice. There are several studies showing that CBD is safe to be used in the management of schizophrenia.
On the other hand, Cannabidiol can be effectively used in the treatment of anxiety disorder. There are studies showing that the use of CBD has the ability to decrease the chances of developing an anxiety attack. Anxiety disorders such as PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and social anxiety disorders can be effectively managed using this substance and also, it has proven to improve the quality of the life of these patients.
Most of the people are afraid to use medical cannabis due to the psychoactive properties but, CBD does not have any such property and hence, can be successfully used in the treatment of many psychiatric disorders without side-effects. Further, different studies also show that CBD could be safely used in the treatment of many mental health disorders as this compound does not possess any addiction inducing properties. This reduces the risk of dependency, which is one of the most common side-effect in many antipsychotic medications. Although many countries have not yet accepted CBD as a treatment for psychiatric disorders, there is hope that growing number of research on Cannabinol will be able to convince medical boards in the other countries that their use could be a new way to approach patients who suffer from different chronic mental conditions.