Marijuana Compound Could Replace Need For Antipsychotics


PET scan of the human brain (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

PET scan of the human brain (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Scientists say a chemical in marijuana could be more effective than leading medications for psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.

Marijuana’s active ingredient is a chemical called THC, which is thought to trigger psychosis in certain individuals. However, research shows that another compound in marijuana called CBD (cannabidiol) may counteract THC’s effect, and could even have antipsychotic properties of its own.

Source:  Marijuana Compound Could Replace Need For Antipsychotics | Leaf Science | Health | Schizophrenia

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