It is well know that THC can produce negative effects and worsening symptoms in people that suffer from schizophrenia. However, another substance found in marijuana, Cannabidiol (CBD), is proving to have positive effects.
A study led by Markus Leweke of Germany’s University of Cologne tested 39 people with schizophrenia. 19 patients were treated with amisulpride, an antipsychotic medication. The rest were treated with CDB, which is known to have anti-anxiety properties. The study found that CBD was equally as effective but without any adverse side effects.
Don’t expect to see CDB available anytime soon though. There are three big problems standing in the way of developing CBD as a treatment. First, we’re talking about an illegal drug – so expect push back. Two, the extraction process is costly. And three, pharmaceutical companies can’t patent a natural compound like they do with new drugs.
Read the full article here: http://thecyn.com/blog/marijuana-as-treatment-for-schizophrenia/