Can CBD oil treat psychosis?

Psychosis is a mental disorder that can be considered as the “peak” of all mental health disorders. And on a level of mental health severity, psychosis ( which includes schizophrenia) far exceeds the likes of bipolar disorder, anxiety, and general depression.

Treating or reversing the onset of psychosis is not easy. It takes months or even years before people diagnosed with this mental condition shows some signs of improvement after being treated both physically and mentally by doctors and psychologists who are experts in this type of mental disease.

Using natural therapy like CBD seems unlikely to be effective in treating psychosis. But the studies that have been conducted regarding the effects of CBD Oil for psychosis and schizophrenia says otherwise.

What is Psychosis?

Psychosis is a serious mental disorder that represents total detachment from reality. A person diagnosed with this mental disease suffers from erratic behavior and can no longer distinguish between what is real and what’s not. However, it’s generally agreed upon that some combination of physical, genetic, and environmental influences account for the onset of the disorder.

The general cause of psychosis and even schizophrenia is still a mystery. Even scientists are not sure what exactly causes these mental disorders.

There have been many studies conducted about psychosis, but no one has been able to exactly pinpoint an exact physiological condition which accounts for the disorder. In fact, no single gene has yet been traced to the disease onset.

The  Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA), says that psychosis is more common than you might think. SARDAA claims that in North America alone, more than 3.5 million suffers from psychosis. And around the world, more than 75 million people are affected and diagnosed with psychosis.

Here are some additional statistics involving the prevalence of psychosis across the U.S.

  • It is one of the leading causes of disability in America
  • Roughly 75% of victims develop the illness between the ages of 16 and 25
  • Its onset is at least partially genetic
  • In order to receive an official psychosis/schizophrenia diagnosis, individuals must show consistent symptoms for a minimum of six months
  • According to research, roughly 1 out of 4 people diagnosed with psychosis recover completely, while 2 out of 4 improve over a 10-year period and 1 out of 4 do not improve at all
  • Estimated annual economic costs of between $32.5 and $65 billion are attributed to the treatment of psychosis
  • Between 33% and 50% of all homeless adults have some sort of psychosis

Can CBD Oil Treat Psychosis? What Studies are Saying

There have been numerous animal studies and experiments done in the past in regards to cannabis for psychosis. But due to strict regulations, the first actual clinical trial of CBD for psychosis and schizophrenia was done only in 2017 by The American Journal of Psychiatry. In their study, they pointed out that CBD may be reliable treatment for psychosis victims suffering from hallucinations and delusions.

Their study also showed that CBD works to potentially limit the amount of dopamine (a chemical released by neurons or nerve cells that send signals to other nerve cells) that is blocked as a result of pharmaceutical drug treatment.

The Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews also came up with a publication in January 2017 that showed how CBD can in itself potentially act as an antipsychotic medication.

“From this review, we found that CBD will not improve learning and memory in healthy brains, but may improve aspects of learning and memory in illnesses associated with cognitive impairment (such as psychosis and schizophrenia),” project leader Dr. Katrina Green claims.

In a study conducted by the King’s College London regarding the effects of CBD on psychosis, they found out that a single dose of CBD could significantly reduce the abnormal brain activity that causes the effects of psychosis.

To test how CBD may counteract the effects of psychosis, the King’s College London conducted a research where the findings was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The research was participated by 33 young people flagged by early intervention services as having symptoms of the disease, but who had yet to be diagnosed or treated.

After all of the participants’ brain activity was scanned and their verbal and memory skills were tested, half was given CBD Oil and the other half was given a placebo.

Prior to treatment, the scans showed that the brain activity for all the participants was abnormal. However, after treatment, those who received CBD Oil showed greatly reduced abnormal activity and their test performances improved.

The promising result of the test are now being used to launch major clinical trials across different hospitals to confirm whether CBD Oil can be used as an alternative for conventional antipsychotic drugs.

“There is an urgent need for a safe treatment for young people at risk of psychosis. The mainstays of current treatment for people with psychosis are drugs that were first discovered in the 1950’s and unfortunately do not work for everyone. One of the main advantages of cannabidiol or CBD Oil is that it is safe and seems to be very well tolerated, making it in some ways an ideal treatment,” said Dr. Sagnik Bhattacharyya, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at the university. 

Can CBD Oil Treat Psychosis? – Conclusion

The most important thing to remember when talking about psychosis or schizophrenia is that there is no quick fix for the disorder. No cure is and will be available for these mental disorders not until scientists and researchers are able to pinpoint the gene or genes that trigger the condition. The good news is, there is a reliable and effective option- CBD Oil. CBD can at least onset the symptoms and reduce the frequency of psychotic episodes. CBD Oil is also a healthy and natural self-medication option that is a great alternative to the expensive and conventional antipsychotics drugs that are regularly prescribed.