Cannabinoids and Schizophrenia: Risks and Therapeutic Potential.

“The endocannabinoid system has been implicated in psychosis both related and unrelated to cannabis exposure, and studying this system holds potential to increase understanding of the pathophysiology of schizophrenia.

Anandamide signaling in the central nervous system may be particularly important.

Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol in cannabis can cause symptoms of schizophrenia when acutely administered, and cannabidiol (CBD), another compound in cannabis, can counter many of these effects.

CBD may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of psychosis following cannabis use, as well as schizophrenia, possibly with better tolerability than current antipsychotic treatments. CBD may also have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.

Establishing the role of CBD and other CBD-based compounds in treating psychotic disorders will require further human research.”

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