Study said inhaling cannabidiol reduced symptoms of OCD

The Journal of Affective Disorders is reporting that a recent clinical trail conducted by New York State Psychiatric Institute found that inhaling cannabis reduced symptoms of OCD.

The study sought to explore potential long-term consequences of repeatedly using cannabis to self-medicate for OCD symptoms, including changes in dose and baseline symptom severity over time.

The article in the Journal of Affective Disorders said participants reported the following changes after inhaling cannabis:

60% reduction in compulsions

49% reduction in intrusions

52% reduction in anxiety

“Higher concentrations of CBD and higher doses predicted larger reductions in compulsions,” it said.

The clinical trial investigator in 2017 said areas of the brain that are involved in anxiety disorders and OCD are “receptive to chemicals like those found in the cannabis (marijuana) plant.”


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