CBD has already been shown to have an antipsychotic effect in humans, but how and why has remained unclear. But if results of a new study on the therapeutic effects of cannabidiol on psychosisthis is able to be replicated, it could have extremely important implications in the area of psychiatric treatments.
The study abstract’s conclusion was this: “Cannabidiol may partially normalize alterations in parahippocampal, striatal, and midbrain function… As these regions are critical to the pathophysiology of psychosis, the influence of CBD at these sites could underlie its therapeutic effects on psychotic symptoms.”
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Psychosis is the loss of contact with external reality, meaning that those afflicted with this condition, unaware of their circumstances, can potentially experience delusions, hallucinations, and agitation; hostility and aggression are also in the psychosis realm, making these results all the more potent.
Interestingly, in more participants in the CBD versus the placebo group who were patients, activation of CBD effects had higher potency, whereas the control group had lower. It was also found that:
In patients with psychosis, the effects of CBD on psychotic symptoms have been associated with its influence on levels of the endogenous cannabinoid anandamide. Therefore, future studies need to investigate the neurochemical and receptor-level mechanisms that may underlie the antipsychotic effects of CBD.
CBD is known for a number of therapeutic usages, from anti-inflammatory properties to the quelling of seizures, but this new study shines light on CBD’s effects on the brain and the regions in which its benefits are most effective, especially in the area of psychosis.
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Often associated with schizophrenia, psychosis actually encompasses a much broader portion of the population. During the study and fMRI scans, to test the study’s hypothesis they, “identified regions where there was a linear pattern of activation across the 3 groups such that the level of activation in participants…receiving CBD was intermediate to that of participants…receiving placebo and control participants.”
For the general population, though CBD has gained in popularity a hundred fold in recent years, “feeling” its effects is a toss up, as it is non-psychoactive. CBD could be doing a lot of good and even some repair work inside our bodies via our endocannabinoid systems, but unless you’re experiencing inflammation, high anxiety or sleeplessness, it can be difficult to gauge its effects. Studies like these further legitimize CBD and its place in our society.