Undoubtedly, the world is embracing the hemp CBD for its multiple medicinal benefits. But is CBD effective in treating mental problems too? Is hemp CBD better than the common psychotics given for the treatment of schizophrenia? It is a matter of research. But one thing is sure, seeing the side effects involved with the antipsychotic treatment CBD may have an upper edge over its chemical based rival.
In this article, we have tried to compare the properties of hemp CBD with the antipsychotics commonly used for the patients suffering from mental illness.
CBD is non-psychoactive
Primarily CB1 receptors are found in your brain and nervous system. Whether a compound will cause a ‘high’ or not depends upon how that compound interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors.
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol binds with CB1 receptors as these molecules have the exact shape as them. Once THC binds, it stimulates these receptors and makes you feel ‘high’.
On the other hand, CBD or cannabinoid doesn’t bind to CB1 receptors. It suppresses the properties of THC that activate these receptors. So as an antagonist, CBD reduces the psychoactive effects of THC.
Hemp CBD reduces anxiety
During anxiety, you are given selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that blocks the reabsorption of serotonin in your brain. It transmits more serotonin signals that ultimately reduces anxiety in you.
Similar to them CBD is supposed to reduce your anxiety by boosting serotonin signals but without any side effects on your body.
CBD is found to activate adenosine receptors which regulate dopamine and glutamate levels in your brain. This is another way how CBD can help in reducing mental ailments.
Study backing CBD as an effective antipsychotic
In a 2012 study done by researchers at the University of Cologne, it was found that the patients who were given CBD or cannabidiol for the treatment of schizophrenia showed significant improvement in their illness. So it can be concluded that CBD works as promising as other antipsychotic medications but without side effects.
You are given antipsychotics for the treatment of mental illness. But most of the antipsychotic drugs won’t heal you naturally as they have chemical formulations involved in their making.
Common Side-effects of Antipsychotics
Sedation: A common problem with antipsychotics is sedation. It is different from drowsiness. In drowsiness, you feel a little tired whereas in sedation you have a long episode of fatigue.
Weight gain and hunger: There are cases in which patients complain that after taking antipsychotics, they feel very hungry. This out-of-control can lead to weight gain.
The difficulty with speaking: It may be a sedative effect or any other reason but taking antipsychotics for a long time can result in an inability to communicate properly.
Loss of balance control – muscle trembling, jerking, or stiffness: You may feel that after taking these medications you are unable to balance well. It can be due to your trembling muscles or jerking.
Restlessness: Restlessness is another side effect often seen in patients taking antipsychotics for a long time.
Thus there are so many unpleasant side effects associated with long-term antipsychotic treatment.
CBD, on the other hand, is a safe, potent and anti-psychotic natural alternative to treat mental ailments. Though more researches need to be done to establish how it works on your brain, one thing is true, CBD has got miraculous healing advantages for your mental health. It’s free from THC so it won’t make you ‘high’. It’s natural. And comes without the scary threat of side effects.