Treating OCD With CBD: The Facts
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is characterized by having repeated thoughts or behaviors that are unwanted and debilitating to normal life. According to UOCD, 2.3% of the population suffer from OCD. Again, it is not known what causes this disorder, but it typically begins to be noticeable during puberty and will evolve throughout the sufferer’s life without treatment. Many living with OCD typically experience obsession over a certain thought or perform a certain or multiple obsessive behaviors. The sufferer knows that what they are doing is unnecessary, but the fact that OCD stems from anxiety makes the sufferer fear that changing the thought or behavior will lead to something terrible happening or that they will no longer have the relief the thought or behavior gives the sufferer. Some may feel they have no control over their OCD and just accept this as a norm in their life.
The most common form of treatment for OCD is anti-depressants. However, these are not a great long-term solution. That is due to the fact that anti-depressants can become addicting and harmful for health when used in long periods of time. Likewise, OCD typically needs to be treated long-term to resume normal life functioning. That is why many are turning to more natural solutions. The most popular being treating OCD with CBD. First we will go over what CBD is and what all the hype is about.
What is CBD?
CBD, is a major non-psychotomimetic compound of the Cannabis Sativa plant. It provides many benefits similar to that of Cannabis, but contains no THC. Therefore, CBD is completely legal in all 50 states. CBD carries neuroprotective and neurogenic effects. It also displays anxiolytic, or relaxing, effects in humans and animals. CBD is currently being used to treat many mental and autoimmune disorders. Likewise, the current use of CBD as an anti-cancer drug has been shown to be extremely promising in many federal funded research studies. The most thought-provoking research has been done on treating OCD with CBD.
In a federal funded research study, which can be read about more here, a team of researchers wanted to study treating OCD with CBD. They did this by injecting rats with Meta-chloro-phenyl-piperazine (mCPP). This is a compound found in the drug, ecstasy. This compound induces panic attacks and OCD-like effects in mammals. After the rats were initially injected, they were put in a sand-filled cage with a few dozen marbles. Almost immediately the rats began burying the marbles. This is an OCD-like effect caused by the mCPP compound.
After observing this effect, the rats were then given liquid CBD. Almost immediately, their behavior changed. Almost all rats stopped this marble-burying side effect and began to resume normal function. All psychotic induced behavior was ended and normal brain function was observed.