With the popularity of CBD on a consistent rise, you have likely heard about the health benefits it can provide. From pain relief to the alleviation of cancer-related symptoms, CBD has been found to provide aid to a variety of different health conditions.
Less talked about, however, is the help CBD can offer in regard to mental health issues.
Yes, CBD is well-known to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and depression but what about psychosis, for example?
While it may seem unlikely that any form of natural medication could have a positive impact on the symptoms of such a severe condition, scientists have begun focusing their attention on CBD as a possible treatment.
Today we’ll be discussing how effective CBD may be in treating psychosis.
Psychosis is a term used to describe a disruption to an individual’s overall perception of reality, making it difficult for them to distinguish the real from the imagined.
The observable symptoms of psychosis typically involve auditory and/or visual hallucinations, a belief in bizarre ideas, and inconsistent behaviors and emotions.
It is important to note that psychosis is categorized as a symptom rather than mental illness in itself and is, unfortunately, more common than you may think.
Sadly, it is estimated that around 100,000 young adults experience the first episode of psychosis annually in the United States alone.
A person that is suffering from a psychotic episode may experience anxiety, depression, social withdrawal, lack of motivation, and overall difficulty functioning in their day to day life.
Conventional treatment methods of psychosis typically involve a combination of different approaches. These methods usually include medication, counseling, and support from either family or a support group.
Antipsychotic medications are prescribed in most instances of psychosis. These treatments work by altering the brain’s chemicals, dopamine in particular, and usually take several weeks to show any drastic improvements.
It is important to note that some antipsychotic medications can cause side effects including but not limited to:
In the past, there has been a lot of talk concerning the link between cannabis and psychosis.
As a whole, the scientific community presented a very different picture to the public, reporting that cannabis use was more likely to induce psychosis than to offer relief.
As of lately, there has been much research done that contradicts these claims.
A study published in the international scientific journal, Neuropsychopharmacology, showed particularly promising results on the subject of utilizing CBD as a treatment for psychosis.
In the study, investigators in both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands reviewed a collection of preclinical and clinical data on the use of CBD as a treatment for psychosis.
Authors found that the administration of CBD as an antipsychotic agent was found to improve the symptoms of patients suffering from psychotic episodes due to illnesses such as schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease.
The investigators also made note of a double-blind clinical trial that involved giving 42 case subjects suffering from either acute paranoia or schizophrenia either CBD or the popular antipsychotic medication known as amisulpride.
The results found that “both CBD and the prescription drug" were associated with “equally significant clinical improvement” but that CBD “possessed significantly fewer side effects” as compared to amisulpride.
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The motivation for this write up came from one of the questions I receive regularly from readers. The person asked; “Can I cook with CBD oil?”
At first, I laughed really hard but on second thought, I reasoned that not only is the question a valid one, but there are plenty of others who might be thinking the same. I needed to write about it!
You see CBD oil is quite unlike most oils you must have tried in your cooking experiments. While it is possible to cook with CBD, there are a few rules to follow to achieve the best results and I have outlined them below.
Increasing awareness about CBD’s relatively safe profile has dropped off the long-held stigma on hemp and its products. The growing CBD-based researches and related legal barriers seem a good win for athletes.
Quickly, let’s discuss some benefits of CBD in sports:
CBD contains high-potent properties that help fortify your immunity, leaving your body infection- and stress-resistant. This translates to better functioning of body organs – a great benefit for athletes and non-athletes alike.
Exercises and training before competitions can leave you stressed and, in turn, anxious about your performance on the big day. Thankfully, CBD offers anti-anxiety and anti-stress hormones, which help you manage stress from your workouts.
Before hemp’s recent scientific research breakthrough, the plant had been the mainstay of ancient medicine.
While ancient testimonies were basically anecdotal, modern research has unveiled the individual compounds responsible for the effect cannabis users derive. Among the many compounds, one stands out – namely, CBD.
Research authors and firsthand CBD users support CBD’s ability to boost health and, in turn, improve life. This accounts for the increasing number of daily CBD users.
Quickly, this article discusses how you can experience improvement in your life from using CBD.