cbd schizophrenia redditDecember 15, 2021
There's some good evidence that CBD has antipsychotic properties, but that's not an approved indication in the US. Cannabidiol (Epidiolex) is on-label for a couple seizure disorders only.
TL;DR: We don’t have much evidence to endorse or warn against CBD. Though it’s premature to prescribe CBD, we should guide patients to safer products if they are getting it on their own. That’s harm reduction, like suggesting to casual drinkers that red wine is safer than vodka.
I stumbled on this a little while ago and thought it was an incredible finding.
Has anyone had success using CBD? Are there any specific products that you've recommended? Or is this an option to avoid pending further research?
Personally I'd only get products from a well-respected dispensary. At least you know it's quality and all plant based. As with any new substance you always start at a low dose to see how they do. You can get low dose from tincture pretty easily.
Edit – wrong link.
If a patient already has overt psychosis then they are far beyond the equivalent of a "casual drinker".
Does anyone have any experience treating psychosis with CBD? I've had a few patients I think would benefit from it as an adjunctive. But I've also read that some CBD products on the market actually have THC despite labelling indicating they're THC-free. There's also the issue of variable dosing between products. So I'm reluctant to recommend it in practice.
Yes studies have actually been released not too long ago claiming that cbd does in fact aid in psychosis for calming the brain unlike its counterpart THC.
Yes. My DD had first episode 4 months ago. Is she still in psychosis, yes. However, that being said, we've done 5 Anti-psychotics which caused HORRIBLE issues. All but one exasperated the Psychosis. Right now CBD had been the only thing to keep her relatively calm most of the time. I have a double edged sword here as she's also Intellectually disabled. Her psychiatrist believes she may be the rare case of treatment resistant, although she doesn't necessarily agree with our way of trying to medicate get at this point, she sees the benefits. Dosing: if you'd like to PM me I'll be happy to discuss what we do, which may I add, was under consult by a Dr. In Washington state who has intensely studied the cannabidiol systems. It's really amazing how little 'negative' effects there are compared to the APs. If we had found an AP that didn't react with her the way it did, we certainly would be in it-even with health bearing effects.
I use CBD to treat the physical symptoms. I get twitch and have tactile hallucinations and 10mg of CBD every third day helps stave them off. I also use 10mg of THC daily to treat my depression and anxiety, and it works far better for me than pharmaceutical medications every have. I feel better now than I ever have before in my life, but I still have the mental effects of my illness. I don't really mind too much because it just feels like I'm tripping and is pretty fun. I have to be extremely careful though because sometimes I have trouble taking care of myself properly. I nearly died of severe dehydration a few weeks ago and didn't know anything was wrong until it was almost too late. I'm alright and actually benefitted greatly from the experience, but it taught me to be more careful. My best advice is speak to a professional and find out what works best for you. These are people that devote their lives to helping people like us, so trust them. CBD has been amazing for me, but please get a doctor to help you document results with it, just like any other psychoactive medication.
Unless your case is pretty mild and symptoms are uncommon, I'd recommend more conventional drugs for schizophrenia.
Weed for schizophrenia? Sure that works great. Lemme go put out a fire with some gasoline next. Now heroin on the other hand. But I wouldn't suggest that. I' ll take gaining a few pounds to being a toothless junky any day.
I think I didn't write well. Sorry for not being clear. Im not suggesting switching to CBD after six months. I'm just letting you know it just took that long (six months) for the meds to take away the delusions/hallucination/agoraphobia/no motivation/racing thoughts/neglected hygiene etc., and realize that the meds were making a difference and that these were no longer part of my life. If you think about it, our illness didn't happen over night. It probably took many years. And for a medication to work immediately is unrealistic. Just give the meds time and your body adjusts. I know it's easy to read this suggestion. It's definitely harder to implement. But know to there's light at the end of the tunnel. I'm just saying doing what your pdoc is recommending isn't going to be easy. So don't give up.
Seriously drugs are bad for us mkay? Did you guys never read Asterix and Obelix? Now Obelix fell into the pot with the magic juice when he was a kid, so the druid never let him drink any more, much to his dismay.
I would like to know if anyone only uses CBD to treat their schizophrenia? Specifically, you don't use prescription medications but only high CBD bud/concentrates. I have schizophrenia and depression so I am wondering what people's experiences are using CBD to treat these and other mental illnesses.
In short, I think it's best as an as needed medication to help with episodes. I think CBD isn't as helpful as benzodiazepines though when it comes to anxiety, and CBD can make you less motivated and possibly too tired to be functional and get things done. Depends on the person of course.
CBD is cool, or so I've heard, but only as a supplement, not to substitute actual medication.
Don't be scared of the meds your doctor is recommending. He/she has seen many patients. But each patient is an individual. You need to be honest with your doctor. Tell him (going to use him even though might be a her) how you're doing. The meds take time (like I mentioned about half a year) because each person has different body chemistry. What works for one patient doesn't work for another. That's why your pdoc might change your medication and dosage.
I have had consistent positive experiences with CBD. It helped a lot with my visual hallucinations, which is my most common and troubling symptom. It also helps with anxiety and sleep. It has not helped with my tactile hallucinations, which is my second most common symptom. What it helps seem to differ a lot between people. The help with anxiety can help with paranoid delusions but the thoughts can still be there.
I thought weed worked well for me.
Need to stay on antipsychotics for at least half a year. During that time you'll have the side effects that everyone complains about. After about half a year the body adjusts. The side effects start to subside and go away. Weight gain is a big part of the side effects too. After finding right dosage and right meds, and you've stabilized with that part, get on an exercise plan and eat healthy. Takes effort. Nothing's easy. Of course finding that right antipsychotic and dose can take time.
This is what we have. We fell into the pot with the magic juice. A permatrip. Forever and ever amen. Weed will only make it worse.
I am highly considering using CBD if it seems like a good option or at least trying it. Anyone who has taken antipsychotics, as well as many other psych meds, can tell you that the side effects suck. I thought weed worked well for me but would get too high and become paranoid. It especially helped with my depression which the antipsychotics don't help with (and I suspect exacerbate it). I am especially curious to know how well CBD does at managing psychotic symptoms.
I use CBD oil which works great for my symptoms but I still take my meds cuz, yeah, still need to.
Don't smoke weed illegally in hopes of getting CBD, most illegal weed has much more THC which is known to exacerbate symptoms. If you can get CBD reliably it can be very helpful as an as needed drug. Overall, I've been much more functional by taking antipsychotics because they reduce symptoms all day instead of CBD which can help for four hours at best. It's okay for panic attacks but I've found I'm much more functional with help from benzodiazepines, which can be much cheaper depending on your situation. After taking a benzo and doing calming techniques, I am a lot much more functional than after using CBD. From my experience, CBD is best used to help you feel better while you are having a psychotic episode or need help dealing with antipsychotic side effects, namely nausea and trouble sleeping.
After a year, for me the dosage was reduced twice. It's to the point where the initial side effects are not there. The weight gained during that period is now being attacked with healthy diet and exercise. I wouldn't have been able to eat healthy and exercise initially because I still had to get body chemistry adjusted to the meds. But now it's way better and sleep is normal, where I used to be sleeping 16 to 18 hours. Other side effects: Drowsy. Lethargic. Blurred vision. Constantly sleepy.