CBD could ease patients with schizophrenia and Tourette's syndrome
According to recent studies, the cannabis derivative Cannabidiol (CBD) can offer significant relief in schizophrenia. This often chronic condition can significantly impede how we think, feel and how we behave.
CBD helps cognitive function
Forbes offers us a study from the University of Wollongong, the researchers discovered in the first place that the CBD could relieve the symptoms of schizophrenics. To get a feel for the impact of CBD on cognitive function in people with schizophrenia, Dr Katrina Green, Professor Nadia Solowij and the Physical.Department. of Wollongong conducted an in-depth study of 27 existing studies on the CBD and have discovered some "fascinating ideas" about its potential therapeutic value.
In a statementDr. Katrina Green explained that CBD could provide direct neurological support for a range of conditions affecting the brain, ranging from schizophrenia to dementia.
“From this, we found that CBD did not improve learning and memory in healthy brains. But could improve aspects of learning and memory, in diseases associated with cognitive impairment. Including Alzheimer's disease, as well as neurological and neuro-inflammatory disorders. Including hepatic encephalopathy, meningitis, sepsis and cerebral malaria. "
Katrina Green, who conducted the review, also noted that CBD may well be able to reduce cognitive impairments. In particular cells associated with THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis. And that has already shown potential to worsen aspects of schizophrenia, anxiety, and other mental disorders.
As a result of the review, Australian researchers decided to test the potential of CBD. This is to alleviate the symptoms of cognitive schizophrenia. This by testing on a rat model, infect at birth. With the help of Professor Xu-Feng Huang, they found that “chronic administration” of CBD appeared to alleviate cognitive deficits and social isolation. This often afflicts people with schizophrenia.
“We found that CBD was able to restore brain recognition and working memory. As well as social behaviors, at normal levels, ”the researchers said. - “These results are interesting. Because they suggest that CBD could treat some of the symptoms of schizophrenia apparently resistant to existing drugs. Additionally, the CBD treatment did not affect body weight or food intake. These are side effects frequently associated with antipsychotic medical treatments. "
The Director of Research, the Dr. Osborne explain us : "This is really important, because current antipsychotics do not respond to cognitive deficits in patients, which represents approximately 80% of patients with schizophrenia". According to the Australian team, the results of their study indicate promising possibilities for treating schizophrenia with CBD. But also that more scientific research is needed.
“This is the first study to prove that cannabidiol (CBD) can be used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia that are not addressed by current medications,” Osborne said. “These lab results are really promising. But more research is needed to see if these results will be similar in people with schizophrenia. We hope that these results will lead to new and improved drugs ”.
And Tourette Syndrome
In recent years cannabis has also been tested as a treatment for Tourette's syndrome, a disease characterized by involuntary physical or verbal tics, which are often physically or socially painful to bear.
Caring for preliminary study, published this year, allowed an evaluation of the efficacy and tolerance of cannabis. Particularly in the treatment of adults with Tourette's syndrome. Conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto with the support of the Tourette Association of America, the study found that 18 of the 19 participants, after inhaling cannabis, saw a decrease of 60% of the Tics for the whole group.
As reported, all study participants experienced "clinically significant symptom relief." Including reductions in irritability, impulsivity, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and outbursts of rage. The drug was also well tolerated by the participants. Except for a few minor side effects reported ...
Overall, the researchers wrote:
“These study participants experienced substantial improvements in their symptoms. This is particularly striking, since almost all of the participants failed at least one anti-tic treatment trial. "
In conclusion, cannabis appears to be a promising treatment option for tics and associated symptoms.
Comme NORML As pointed out, research has already determined that oral doses of THC have significantly reduced tics and obsessive-compulsive behavior in patients with Tourette's syndrome. Even though patients using inhaled cannabis, however, generally showed "greater overall improvement".