The ABC News reports that the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) have been investigating the effects of Cannabidiol (CBD) on mental illnesses, especially schizophrenia.
You will find our article titled What is Cannabidiol (CBD)? very helpful with understanding CBD.
The team has found that CBD was able to restore a patients working memory, recognition and social behaviour. They used a rodent model of schizophrenia to run their tests.
Ashleigh Osborne, a PhD candidate from the University of Wollongong PhD commented that their findings may indicate that CBD could be used in treatment, though more research is needed.
“This is really important because current antipsychotic drugs don’t address the cognitive deficits, which approximately 80 per cent of patients with schizophrenia experience.”
“These findings are really promising but further research is needed to see if these findings translate to people suffering from schizophrenia.
“Ultimately, we hope that these findings lead to new improved medications.”
So research into CBD is continuing and looking promising. We can only hope that we don’t see too many years pass before CBD is available for treating this and many other conditions.