CBD Research - How CBD Works for Schizophrenia and
CBD FOR PSYCHOSIS AND SCHIZOPHRENIA
In full disclosure, unlike some of the other articles, this one hits close to home.
An extended family member is schizophrenic and I've seen the suffering first hand.
The person's suffering might pale to the family's suffering.
There have been rounds of medications used but only for short periods of time and with terrible side effects.
I keep an eye on studies, research, and any insights into how these issues might one day be eliminated for good.
In one of my many science and medical update emails, something caught my eye.
A study on inflammation in the brain and reduction of symptoms from schizophrenia.
It was primarily looking at sodium bicarbonate but very interesting.
Then the big one came across the wire shortly after (seem to be speeding up!)
A study on CBD and psychosis that was caused me to pause.
Pretty interesting results!
We'll get into that below but suffice it to say...
CBD might offer some real relief to people fighting psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar, OCD, and a host of other mental health issues.
We'll get into the research and we'll look at what it's telling us about the system in question.
Very exciting (for a change).
God bless NAMI but let's hope we can free up their nightly meetings before too long!
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Lots to cover.
We'll skip all the statistics that most websites throw out.
If you're researching this, you know the statistic of 1 is all that matters.
Let's get to it.
A Quick Intro At Psychosis And Schizophrenia
We're finally getting some intriguing clues as to what is going on in the brain with schizophrenia and psychosis.
Not held to be simply a question of neurotransmitter being out of balance, clearly more is as work.
- There are genetic factors (COMT, AKT1)
- There is malabsorption of important nutrients (B12, folate, zinc, magnesium, etc)
- Environmental factors – toxins, chemicals – before, during, and after birth
Now we throw in virus in-utero and during brain development.
Heck...retroviruses (viruses in our DNA, not our bodies per se) are now tied to addiction (if they occur in the genes that govern dopamine).
The mind requires so much to go right.
It's a miracle I'm writing this and you're reading it.
Much less everything else we do.
Let's focus down on the aspects that are important in terms of what we know about CBD.
There are three main schools of thought that have evolved over time:
- Schizophrenia as a result of brain area activity and connectedness
- Schizophrenia as a result of imbalances in neurotransmitters
- Schizophrenia as a result of brain inflammation
All shed some light on the underlying causes.
First, there appears to be an abnormal activity in certain parts of the brain
- Mid-Brain Regions
We can actually see this activity in MRI's when psychotic behavior is becoming present.
That's a good place to start...hard evidence.
Learn about the brain area model here: