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The Effects of Medical Cannabis Oil CBD on OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and walks of life and occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviours an individual engages in to attempt to get rid of the obsessions and/or decrease his or her distress.

Most people have obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behaviours at some point in their lives, but that does not mean that we all have “some OCD.” In order for a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder to be made, this cycle of obsessions and compulsions becomes so extreme that it consumes a lot of time and gets in the way of important activities that the person values.

Some examples of compulsions:

  • Cleaningto reduce the fear that germs, dirt, or chemicals will “contaminate” them some spend many hours washing themselves or cleaning their surroundings. Some people spend many hours washing themselves or cleaning their surroundings.
  • Repeatingto dispel anxiety. Some people utter a name or phrase or repeat a behaviour several times. They know these repetitions won’t actually guard against injury but fear harm will occur if the repetitions aren’t done.
  • Checkingto reduce the fear of harming oneself or others by, for example, forgetting to lock the door or turn off the gas stove, some people develop checking rituals. Some people repeatedly retrace driving routes to be sure they haven’t hit anyone.
  • Ordering and arrangingto reduce discomfort. Some people like to put objects, such as books in a certain order, or arrange household items “just so,” or in a symmetric fashion.
  • Mental compulsionsin response to intrusive obsessive thoughts, some people silently pray or say phrases to reduce anxiety or prevent a dreaded future event

Related Conditions

Other conditions sharing some features of OCD occur more frequently in family members of OCD patients. These include, for example, body dysmorphic disorder (preoccupation with imagined ugliness), hypochondriasis (preoccupation with physical illness), trichotillomania (hair pulling), some eating disorders such as binge eating disorder, and neurologically based disorders such as Tourette’s syndrome.

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Hoarding Disorder
  • Hair-Pulling Disorder (Trichotillomania)
  • Skin-Picking Disorder (Excoriation)

What role does Medical Cannabis Play in the Treatment of OCD?

There are more than 26,000 published scientific papers exploring cannabis and cannabinoids. Many of these studies have focused on the relationship between anxiety and Cannabidiol (CBD). In a current study, done by the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the focus is entirely on the effects of Marijuana on the symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The study results are due to be released in October 2018, however, animal model studies have reinforced the anti-compulsive properties of CBD (cannabidiol), and have shown promising results in the treatment of OCD with CBD.

In another study, the anxiolytic effects of CBD were also reinforced, citing Cannabidiol as a potential treatment for Anxiety Disorders, among them Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). All studies done thus far have confirmed that CBD in lesser dosages has been more effective than when administered in higher dosages. This is why dosing accuracy is vitally important.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid constituent of cannabis that lacks the psychoactive effects of D9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD has broad therapeutic properties across a range of neuropsychiatric disorders, stemming from diverse central nervous system actions. In recent years, CBD has attracted increasing interest as a potential anxiolytic treatment.

The conclusion that one can draw from all these studies is that CBD, unlike THC, has some powerful anxiolytic effects and has proven highly effective in the treatment of anxiety and anxiety driven disorders. Always bear in mind that any oils high in THC could exacerbate, and in some instances even cause anxiety. Always ensure that any possible cannabis product that you are considering for the treatment of anxiety and anxiety driven disorders, including OCD, contains minimal THC and high levels of CBD.

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Medical Cannabis for treating BDD

There are specific special high CBD / low THC medical marijuana strains that don’t give you the "high" and relax your mind. As a former marijuana user I can say that high THC strains worsen our OCD traits, but there is evidence that CBD can lower anxiety and OCD mental loops. I’m talking about strains like "Charlotte’s Web" (almost 0 THC and lots of CBD).

Anyone tried with this? I really want to try but where I live I can’t get it!

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Re: Medical Cannabis for treating BDD

by hiddenbeauty » Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:23 am

I’d steer clear if possible?

This is just my personal take on it — but I’d steer clear of any kind of non-prescription drug for ‘treating’ any mental health problems. Cannabis comes with its own pitfalls. Is cannabis going to make you feel better about how you look? I don’t know, but I would guess not. If it DOES, then you’re likely going to want to feel that way all the time, in which case you are likely to start using it more frequently, which as I’m aware can cause cannabis psychosis? No?

Re: Medical Cannabis for treating BDD

by lobosuelto » Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:30 pm

We are consuming antidepressants, antipsychotics, etc, all the time, every day for this illness. And we’re talking about synthetic drugs. CBD in cannabis has been shown to act as an ANTI-PSYCHOTIC. It somehow acts on the amygdala and could stop cycling obsessive thoughts. There are strains of medical cannabis that have a lot of CBD and almost 0 THC (which is psychotic). So there we would have a strain that would be anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety with no side effects, but we don’t take it because the pharmaceutical industry makes no money with it.

I’ve heard Marg talk about the amygdala before and this could be some revealing info. CBD "attacks" the amygdala and relaxes it. That is why we need to find a rich CBD strain and give it a try. It could be very beneficial for our illness. If I could get it where I am I would and then post results but I can’t. If somebody volunteered to send me some seeds then I would plant them and post results when harvested. If nobody will do this for us then we should do it ourselves. It could work much bettter, much better than anti-depressants.

Re: Medical Cannabis for treating BDD

by omsk » Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:18 am

I’m with you on this. I’m not interested in prescription drugs and I feel like I’ve already done decent progress without them.

I’ve been looking into medical cannabis recently for health issues I’m dealing with, and I’ve also wondered if it would help for BDD-related thoughts and anxiety.

How much cannabis talk is allowed here?

Re: Medical Cannabis for treating BDD

by lobosuelto » Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:07 pm

omsk wrote: I’m with you on this. I’m not interested in prescription drugs and I feel like I’ve already done decent progress without them.

I’ve been looking into medical cannabis recently for health issues I’m dealing with, and I’ve also wondered if it would help for BDD-related thoughts and anxiety.

How much cannabis talk is allowed here?

Hey omsk! Glad to hear that. Well, basic info is the following: Marijuana has two main actors: THC and CBD. We as OCD-BBD sufferers won’t be doing good with THC because its what gets you high. From personal experience and reading I’ve done the THC gets us more paranoyd and self-concious about everything so it would make us feel worse. CBD is the real magic for us. It attacks the amygdala and has other therapeutic qualities as well. So we need to find a strain like this: http://cbdcrew.org/varieties/cbd-therapy/ which is purely medical, and not used to get "high" but only to relax the brain. I think I would be able to at least lower the dose of the antidepressants and anti-psychotic I take with CBD (CBD IS A NATURAL ANTI-PSYCHOTIC. ).

Re: Medical Cannabis for treating BDD

by Auxiliary11 » Sun Jul 17, 2016 6:28 pm

CBD is amazing isn’t it? Potential: anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, antiepileptic etc.

Do you have all the equipment (lighting, housing etc.) to grow any? If not, it might be better to get the CBD oil in a jar instead. You can get it off the darknet.

self dx. pdd-nos (level 1); covert narcissism w/ avoidant traits; social phobia; inertia.

INFP; dismissive/fearful-avoidant & highly sensitive person

"Life, a sexually transmitted, terminal disease."
"you built up a world of magic, because your real life is tragic"

Re: Medical Cannabis for treating BDD

by lobosuelto » Sun Jul 17, 2016 7:16 pm

Auxiliary11 wrote: CBD is amazing isn’t it? Potential: anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, antiepileptic etc.

Do you have all the equipment (lighting, housing etc.) to grow any? If not, it might be better to get the CBD oil in a jar instead. You can get it off the darknet.

CBD isn’t illegal, you can get it on the surface web too. I am starting my own indoor grow with high THC and CBD strain. Then I will plant CBD only high and compare.

Re: Medical Cannabis for treating BDD

by Auxiliary11 » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:05 pm

What country do you live in (PM if you wish)? I’m in the UK, sending seeds Internationally might be a bit of a pain.

I’ve been searching, and I came across one strain called "VCDC", — which is a cross between ACDC (pretty much the highest CBD:THC strain out there) and Viper City OG. Can’t find the original ACDC strain anywhere; seems to be the best one I can get a hold of.

"Phenotypes can reach as high as 24:1 CBD to THC, but hover around 2:1. Some phenotypes will finish in less than 8 weeks while others may want as many as 11."

People who have tested it have said this: "The buds tested at 13% THC and 12% CBD" and "4.5: A great combination of sativa uplift and CBD relaxation and overall goodness." So it seems that the 2:1 ratio is more accurate; I guess it’s just about knowing how to grow them.

Maybe others want to chime in on which one to go for.

Also, even though CBD may work for the obsessional and appearance-related component(s) of BDD. I don’t think it’ll work work the referential thinking. Antipsychotics have no effect on BDD apparently.

self dx. pdd-nos (level 1); covert narcissism w/ avoidant traits; social phobia; inertia.

INFP; dismissive/fearful-avoidant & highly sensitive person

"Life, a sexually transmitted, terminal disease."
"you built up a world of magic, because your real life is tragic"