Cannabinoid treatment for OCD as a palliative therapy? – Get Weed Dispensary Quebec Canada

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According to the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder marked by anxiety or anguish and characterized by the presence of persistent thoughts (obsessions). These recurring thoughts are suppressed by new thoughts or actions (compulsions), which are acts performed in response to the obsession. Compulsions are an attempt to prevent anxiety or anguish caused by obsessive thoughts.

The anxiety caused by OCD can be quite uncomfortable and this can prevent the patient from taking part in social activities or carrying out professional tasks.

Diagnosing OCD

Being a very clean person or someone who likes order and organization very much does not mean that we have OCD. For OCD to be diagnosed in a person, these obsessions and compulsions must consume time occupying several hours of our day. As a result, OCD harms social and professional functions.

An example of an obsession in OCD could be the need for symmetry and order. In this case, the patient spends a lot of time (hours of his day) organizing and arranging things to find the desired symmetry. When the patient is not able to do this, an uncomfortable feeling of anxiety appears as the patient believes that something bad is going to happen.

Anxiolytic effect of cannabinoid treatment for OCD as a dose-dependent

According to a study published by Tambaro et al., It is important to differentiate between use and incorrect use of cannabinoids.

The correct use of cannabinoids, which can be achieved by following a controlled therapy, can help improve relaxation, sociability, eutimia (calm mood) among others. But, its incorrect use can cause paranoia and psychosis. The researchers also emphasized the anxiolytic effects found in THC. These effects can be beneficial to help the anxiety suffered in OCD.

In addition, the researchers also described how users of modest amounts of cannabis felt the euphoria, relaxation and sociability caused by cannabinoids. On the other hand, consumers of higher doses reported feeling phobia, panic and cognitive deficiencies. This is one of the reasons why controlled therapies are essential, since the effects caused by medical cannabis can be dependent on the amount of cannabinoids administered.

The same situation is found with the CBD. The researchers gave details about the biphasic effect of CBD as an anxiolytic and concluded that low and moderate doses provide anxiolytic effects.

How can CBD help with OCD?

In a study published by Blessing et al., They explained the interaction between CBD and several receptors within the endocannabinoid system in order to alleviate problems based on anxiety.

New clinical evidence using animal models indicates that CBD functions in terms of reducing anxiety levels in anxiety-based disorders (such as OCD). Also, in human models, CBD is studied as a powerful treatment to reduce anxiety levels. This could be used to improve the quality of life in people who suffer from OCD.

Although preclinical and clinical evidence is available on the success of cannabinoids in decreasing anxiety levels, more research is needed to offer a more complete cannabinoid treatment for OCD and know how to prevent the obsessions and compulsions suffered by the patient. At the moment, cannabinoids can help control the anxiety produced by this time-consuming disorder.

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* This post has been made based on existing research until the date of publication of the article. Due to the increase of studies around medical cannabis, the information exposed may vary over time and we will inform in subsequent writings.



Cannabinoid treatment for OCD as palliative therapy?


How can cannabinoid treatment for OCD reduce the anxiety suffered in patients? What is the anxiolytic role of cannabinoids and the importance of controlled therapies?


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