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There may be new hope for people who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Contributor Lindsey Getz reports on research from Washington State University indicating that cannabis may reduce symptoms by half.

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Cannabis and OCD

By Lindsey Getz

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic psychiatric disorder that causes repeated unwanted thoughts and actions. Whether repeatedly washing one’s hands, experiencing repetitive and uncontrollable thoughts, or perhaps counting or tapping to reduce feelings of anxiety, OCD symptoms can be exceedingly challenging, as the obsessions and compulsions typically interfere with daily living. The primary treatments for OCD have generally included psychotherapy and medications. Now, however, cannabis may be offering new hope. A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that acute cannabis use—particularly cannabis with higher levels of CBD—was associated with a reduction in OCD symptoms.

The researchers from Washington State University (WSU) found that on average, intrusions were reduced by 49% after cannabis use, compulsions were reduced by 60%, and anxiety was reduced by 52%.

“This indicates that acute cannabis use is associated with a roughly 50% reduction in symptoms of OCD,” says Carrie Cuttler, PhD, the study’s senior author and a WSU assistant professor of psychology. “With respect to predictors of these changes, we found that higher concentrations of CBD were associated with larger reductions in compulsions specifically, which is consistent with some previous animal studies.”


Other Cannabis News
Doctors May Be in the Dark About Cannabis Use by Breast Cancer Patients
According to a survey published in Cancer, a journal of the American Cancer Society and reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, almost one-half of the 42% of breast cancer patients who used cannabis believed it alone could treat the cancer, and only 39% of users disclosed their cannabis use their doctors. The study points to the need for greater awareness and education, both for providers and patients.


New Research About Cannabis Use in Pregnancy
A new study by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the City University of New York has found that children exposed to cannabis in utero may have higher levels of cortisol and exhibit more anxiety, hyperactivity, and aggression than children not exposed. Scientific American reports on the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Moon Flower Hemp: Run by Three Generations of Appalachian Women
From their family’s West Virginia hemp farm, three generations of women have built a thriving business producing smokable hemp products, tinctures, edibles, Delta 8 products, and even apparel and pet products. The Washington Post reports that the company’s success is partly due to West Virginia’s very slow rollout of medical cannabis.

Does Cannabis Curb Appetite?
The New York Times looks at the science behind a product being marketed as a diet aid and finds it wanting. Although the gummies are made from the cannabis compound THCV, which, the Times’ report observes, has been found to influence obesity and diabetes, there’s no hard science to support claims for the product.
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Like any drug, cannabis comes with certain risks; but concerning cancer, there seem to be clear possible benefits.

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