CANNABIDIOL AND SCHIZOPHRENIA

A compound found in marijuana can treat schizophrenia as effectively as antipsychotic medications, with far fewer side effects, according to a preliminary clinical trial. Researchers led by Markus Leweke of the University of Cologne in Germany studied 39 people with schizophrenia who were hospitalized for a psychotic episode. Nineteen patients were treated with amisulpride, an antipsychotic medication that is not approved in the U.S., but is comparable to other medications that are.

The rest of the patients were given cannabidiol (CBD), a substance found in marijuana that is thought to be responsible for some of its mellowing or anxiety-reducing effects. Unlike the main ingredient in marijuana, THC, which can produce psychotic reactions and may worsen schizophrenia, CBD has antipsychotic effects, according to previous research in both animals and humans.

The use of CBD for schizophrenia is becoming more and more common. Studies from around the world are showing great promise and my own experience with these patients and modest doses of high ratio CBD:THC dosed extracts are working very well for many.

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  1. What I would like to know is if there is anyone out there that has been on ap drugs long term and switched to cannabidiol. Is it efficacious? Can you hold down a job? Are there side effects? What is sex like on it? Do you behave yourself, act normal? Etc, etc. please elaborate, I am 39 and have been on ap drugs for most of the past 20 yrs but nver cannabidiol cheers

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