Schizophrenia & Psychosis & Medical Marijuana
"Clinical studies find that Non-psychoactive Marijuana containing CBD counteracts psychotic symptoms and cognitive impairment while reducing THC psychosis related to Cannabis use." - Dr. Iseger (paraphrase)
Schizophrenia is a complicated mental disorder. Schizophrenics see a whole different version of reality that most of us agree upon. Contrary to the actual meaning of the word - split mind - Schizophrenia does not refer to multiple personality disorder.
"So true! I don't go crazy. Am crazy. I just go normal from time to time." - Gene McQueen
Symptoms - Primary Psychosis
- scatter brain
- aberrant behavior
- insane theories & conclusions
"I am under no obligation to make sense to you." Anonymous
Symptom - General
- withdrawal from friends and family
- erratic performance
- trouble sleeping
- irritability or depressed mood
- lack of motivation
"I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet." Rodney Dangerfield
Abilify Side Effects : Severe agitation, distress, or restless feeling; twitching or uncontrollable movements of your eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs; mask-like appearance of the face, trouble swallowing, problems with speech; seizure (convulsions); thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself; severe nervous system reaction--very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out; low blood cell counts--sudden weakness or ill feeling, fever, chills, sore throat, swollen gums, and more.... - Source: www.drugs.com
What Medical Professional Say about MMJ & Schizophrenia and Psychosis
" fMRI results strongly suggest that the antipsychotic effects of CBD in relation to the psychotomimetic effects of Δ(9)-THC involve the striatum and temporal cortex that have been traditionally associated with psychosis."
"Results show the ability of CBD to counteract psychotic symptoms and cognitive impairment associated with cannabis use as well as with acute THC administration. In addition, CBD may lower the risk for developing psychosis that is related to cannabis use. These effects are possibly mediated by opposite effects of CBD and THC on brain activity patterns in key regions implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia." Dr. Iseger, Dr. Bossong
“The results were amazing, Not only was [CBD] as effective as standard antipsychotics, but it was also essentially free of the typical side effects seen with antipsychotic drugs.” Daniele Piomelli
"The new study confirmed that as CBD relieved patients’ symptoms, anandamide levels rose in concert. “It looks like anandamide is a signaling molecule that has evolved to help us cope with stress, Cannabis and especially CBD can relieve anxiety and reduce the stress response. It is involved in stress-induced analgesia [when you stop feeling pain while fighting or fleeing]. - Dr. Piomelli."
"Cannabis users had better cognitive functioning than patients without cannabis use in several domains including design memory, verbal fluency, object assembly, block design, picture completion, picture arrangement, and face recognition memory." - Dr. John Stirling
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FURTHER READING - HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA TREATS SCHIZOPHRENIA & PSYCHOSIS
- A critical review of the antipsychotic effects of cannabidiol: 30 years of a translational investigation.
- A systematic review of the antipsychotic properties of cannabidiol in humans
- Marijuana Compound Treats Schizophrenia with Few Side Effects: Clinical Trial
- The Observer The new strain of cannabis that could help treat psychosis
- Cannabidiol enhances anandamide signaling and alleviates psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia
“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” George Carlin