In addition to helping treat the rare form of epilepsy, it seems that CBD may help treat schizophrenia as well, according to a new study. A research team at the Illawara Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) in New South Wales Australia, found that cannabidiol may help patients with the debilitating mental disorder. Cannabidiol aka CBD, is the non psychoactive cannabinoid counterpart to tetrahyrdocannabinol (THC) may go far in treating some of the symptoms of schizophrenia such as recognition, social behavior, and memory.
The research team was researching the effects of cannabis on different mental illnesses. It was while looking at the disease in rodents that the team discovered the beneficial effects of CBD. PhD student Ashleigh Osborn had this to say, “We wanted to see if Cannabidiol could alleviate the symptoms of schizophrenia that aren’t addressed by current antipsychotic drugs.” Osborne went on to say, “This is really important because current antipsychotic drugs don’t address the cognitive deficits, which approximately 80 per cent of patients with schizophrenia experience.” Osborne also mentioned that while most psychiatric drugs often have side effects such as weight gain, CBD does not. “Antipsychotic drugs come with a range of negative side effects and Cannabidiol showed no weight gain side effects.”
It’s important to note that antipsychotic drugs that are used to treat schizophrenia do not treat some of the mental side effects of the disorder. Cannabis however, does. “Current antipsychotic drugs don’t address the cognitive deficits, which approximately 80 per cent of patients with schizophrenia experience,” Osborne said. These findings could be the key to improving the lives of millions of patients who suffer from this disease, people who are often not able to hold down jobs or maintain relationships. CBD could finally give them the ability to live a normal life.
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