The question of whether marijuana which is produced from the flowering top of the hemp plant, cannabis sativa should be used for symptom management in schizophrenia is a complex one. It is generally agreed that better therapies are needed for distressing symptoms of schizophrenia.
Symptoms of this complex disorder vary from person to person. They also vary in terms of how mild or severe the mental disorder is. However there are symtpoms that are more common than others. The most common symptoms of schizophrenia are as follows:
These are only to name a few and cannabis treatment may not be sufficiently relieved by available treatments.
Still, there are uncertainties about the benefits of marijuana relative to its side effects. The Society supports the rights of people with schizophrenia to work with their schizophrenia healthcare providers to access marijuana for medical purposes in accordance with legal regulations in those states where such use has been approved.
The Society supports advancing research to better understand the benefits and potential risks of marijuana and its derivatives as a treatment for schizophrenia. On the other hand, studies have also indicated that smoking too much THC (the compound that produces the high sensation) over a period of time can cause the likes of schizophrenia, and other chronic mental disorders.
Studies of note On effects of cannabis on cognition/cognitive function in people with schizophrenia: 20 subjects with schizophrenia who smoked cannabis and 19 non-cannabis users with schizophrenia, matched on demographic and neurologic variables, underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging while completing a test of working memory.
With more studies being produced, it’s important to keep an open mind in relation to medical marijuana as a potential treatment for schizophrenia. It’s also important to consult a medical professional about taking CBD as a treatment.