Have you ever had such a bad weed trip that it’s tough to feels nearly impossible to come down from your high? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Although many researchers may not have had the first-hand experience with a bad trip like you did, they still are feverishly working to find a cure for the psychosis that the THC in marijuana can cause.
Recently, researchers have made a breakthrough and found that this type of psychosis can be counteracted by simply taking CBD. Let’s dive more into this to see what makes this combination tick and if you should pop a little CBD to come down off your next cannabis trip.
THC vs. Psychosis
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives you the “high” sensation. Researchers found that when THC was administered to patients by itself, that it was able to explicitly stimulate a specific extracellular-signal regulated kinase (ERK) pathway that triggers anxiety-like behavior. This cannabis-induced psychosis (CIP) is triggered by an impairment of blood flow and glucose metabolism in regions associated with maturation, meaning that younger individuals are more susceptible to CIP than older adults (in theory).
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CBD As An Antipsychotic
A new study examining the
Overall, one of the main advantages of CBD is that it is safe and seems to be very well tolerated, making it in some ways an ideal treatment choice for many suffering from some type of mental health disorder. If replicable, the study offers the first evidence-based explanation for how CBD works in the brain to counteract psychosis, with results that could help generate new treatments.
Combining THC and CBD
Recently, a research team at the University of Western Ontario found that CBD blocks the ability of THC to overstimulate the ERK pathway in the hippocampus, thereby
What this study found was that the more prone an individual is to cannabis-related side-effects, the more important it is to limit their use to only strains with a high CBD and low THC content. Future studies are already in the works, with the team looking to find out If CBD turns out to be the effective antipsychotic that the first survey results would lead you to believe it is.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column]