There are several different types of OCD that a person can be diagnosed with, making it difficult to treat. Depending on the symptoms, different forms of treatment will be used. One of these potential treatments is medication. Unfortunately, most medications capable of treating symptoms of OCD come along with some pretty nasty side effects. For this reason, it’s no surprise that more and more people are choosing medical marijuana for OCD, instead.
What is OCD?
OCD is an acronym that stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In the United States, it affects approximately 1% of adults, or 2.2 million people. Typically the disorder presents itself in a person by the time they turn 19.
There are several different types of the disorder, however the 4 most common are:
- Intrusive Thoughts
General symptoms of the disorder may include:
- Unwanted recurring thoughts or sensations
- Uncontrollable obsession with something (for more than one hour per day)
- Continuously struggling with ideas that force you to do something compulsively or repetitively. This may include obsessively checking things, cleaning things, or repeatedly getting the urge to wash your hands.
These symptoms usually will interfere with social interactions, work, school, everyday tasks, and other important functions.
When the patient can’t give in to, or fights against the compulsions or obsessions, distress, anxiety, depression, or tension can result. For some people, the obsessions and compulsions are so severe and uncontrollable that they are unable to pay attention or focus on anything else.
Obsessions may include:
- Needing things to be a certain, specific way
- Extreme aversion to dirt and contamination
- Suicidal thoughts and tendencies
- Unwanted, uncontrollable thoughts (religious, sexual, etc…)
Some examples of compulsions are:
- Maintaining a specified routine
- Cleaning / Organization
- Requiring constant reassurance
With that being said, a patient won’t necessarily be both obsessive and compulsive, although that is often the case.
How is it typically treated?
Common treatments for the symptoms of OCD include cognitive behavioral therapy (cognitive therapy & exposure/response prevention,) anti-anxiety medication, antidepressants, or a combination of all these things.
Medications can manage depression and anxiety long enough to give therapy a chance to work. While this is usually relatively effective, there is some bad news. That is, negative side effects from these medications can be moderate to severe, sometimes making the situation worse.
Potential side effects from anti-anxiety medication and antidepressants might include:
- Blurred vision
- Impaired thinking
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
Medical Marijuana for OCD
Marijuana has been utilized as a pain & anxiety-reliever for hundreds of years. Although the effectiveness of marijuana varies from person to person, one recent study concluded that a large majority of participants experienced relief from anxiety with medical marijuana. The other participants reported increased anxiety, which is due to the unique body chemistry of every individual.
Traditional therapy (medications) boost serotonin, which is your body’s “feel good” chemical. Marijuana does not produce serotonin, but it does stimulate the release of another hormone called anandamide. Anandamide interacts with THC, causing a soothing effect, thus relieving anxiety just as effectively. Reducing anxiety helps the obsessions and compulsions dissipate.
On a side note, if a patient must continue to take anti-anxiety medications or antidepressants, CBD may be able to help alleviate some of the negative side effects.
Medical marijuana can help treat these side effects of treatment/symptoms of OCD, as well:
- Abdominal cramps
- Impulsive behavior
- Repeated behavior and thoughts
- Social anxiety
- Weight loss
If you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you may want to consider medical marijuana for OCD. It is safer than traditional medication, and possibly more effective. It is always advised to speak to a licensed physician before switching treatments.
On its own, CBD may quite possibly be one of the most beneficial substances out there. It’s no surprise that the ever-growing marijuana industry has began to capitalize on CBD. It’s important for you to understand, however, that not all CBD products are created equal.
These days, you can find “CBD” products in gas stations, drug stores, bars, and several other random locations. The problem is that most of these products are not 100% natural, and can contain dangerous chemicals that are potentially harmful to your health.
Not All CBD Products Are Created Equal
Even if a product claims to be 100% natural, studies and tests have found other added ingredients. Some of these come in shockingly large concentrations. For this reason, we want to make sure you understand what you could be getting if you buy “CBD” products from these unlicensed places.
This substance is a cough suppressant, that can be found in most over the counter cough medicines. Although it is an effective cough suppressant in the correct doses, it can be extremely dangerous if used in high quantities and/or for a prolonged period of time.
DXM has a long history of recreational abuse, as it can produce psychoactive effects, like euphoria, if taken in large doses or combined with other ingredients. DXM is responsible for approximately 6000 emergency room visits annually.
Long term use or overdose can cause decreased respiratory function, elevated heart rate & blood pressure, psychosis, seizures, insomnia, dysphoria, coma, and even death.
This would be a grouping of synthetic cannabinoids, better known as K2 or Spice. Synthetic cannabinoids stimulate the body’s endocannabinoid system. These substances are illegal in most places.
5F-ADB typically makes the user feel drowsy and disoriented. Over time, these synthetic cannabinoids can cause nausea, fear, loss of bodily control, and problems breathing. 5F-ADB has been linked to dozens of overdoses and deaths.
While melatonin is a naturally-produced chemical in the body, many consumers do not expect to find it in their “100% CBD” products. Melatonin is the hormone that tells your body to go to sleep. It’s dangerous to take a melatonin supplement without knowledge, because it can not only make you drowsier than normal, but also raise blood sugar and blood pressure in some people.
Companies decided to add it into the products after claiming that consumers requested it. One test determined that the concentration of melatonin in hundreds of products was much greater than the concentration of CBD.
You may be asking yourself, how do they get away with it? Well, the truth is, the CBD market is pretty much unregulated. In order to avoid these dangerous substances, don’t get your CBD products from gas stations, drug stores, etc.
These products are clearly very dangerous and have no pharmacological data to prove them to be neither effective nor safe.
If you are searching for relief, CBD may be able to help. Going through the appropriate channels will allow you to get all-natural products from trusted manufacturer’s.
If you’re interested in becoming a medical marijuana card holder, call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online, today. We can connect you with trustworthy, quality CBD products.
It is much easier to develop specialized medication when the cause of a disorder is known. Unfortunately, researchers are still not completely sure what causes Autism. For this reason, using CBD for Autism may be the best option to alleviate symptoms at the current time.
What is Autism?
Autism is diagnosed using comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and developmental screening.
A medical professional will look for certain characteristics in a child. These characteristics may include one or more of the following: communication problems, abnormal social behavior, repeated actions or movements, under or overreaction to 1 or more of the 5 senses, unusual interest in objects, or intense and prolonged emotional reactions.
There are several factors that contribute to the development of this disorder, including genetic mutations, environmental factors, or a combination of both. Environmental factors can include subjection to pesticides, exposure to drugs or alcohol while still in the womb, or even parental age. Symptoms usually reveal themselves within the first two years of a child’s life.
Autism is considered a spectrum, due to this wide range of contributing factors, as well as the severity of symptoms, which can range from mild to extreme.
Is There a Way to Treat It?
There are many different forms of therapy and training being used to alleviate the symptoms associated with Autism. These can include one or more of the following: auditory training, discrete trial training, vitamin therapy, facilitated communication, music therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or sensory integration.
There are several medications that can treat symptoms of Autism. Two of the most popular are atypical antipsychotics: Risperdal and Abilify. These medications are used to treat Autism-related irritability.
Common side effects of these medications can include:
- Stomach pain
- Increased appetite
- Generalized pain
- Increased saliva production
More serious side effects might include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing and/or swallowing
- Chest pain
- Vision changes
- High fever
- Uncontrollable body movements
- Sweating, rash, hives, or itches
- Muscle rigidity
- Swelling of the face, eyes, mouth, lips, throat, tongue, feet, hands, ankles, or legs
- Suicidal thoughts
- New or worsening depression
- Panic attacks
- Aggressive behavior
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
CBD for Autism
There is only one human clinical trial currently underway in Jerusalem. This trial will conclude in July of this year.
One study examined social interaction in lab mice. Researchers would place more “social mice” in a chamber with mice that exhibited signs of social anxiety (aka run and hide.) When these antisocial mice took CBD, they were much more prone to interacting with the other mice. This has led scientists to believe it could possibly help autistic children become more social.
Although scientific research is still ongoing, there has been mounting anecdotal evidence from parents of autistic children, that CBD has eased many of their children’s symptoms.
While anecdotal evidence doesn’t do much for scientific research, it is certainly encouraging that CBD may be able to effectively treat many of the symptoms associated with Autism. Better yet, CBD has no known side effects, unlike commonly prescribed medications.
PCOS is an acronym that stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This disorder affects approximately 1 in 15 women. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for this illness which is why many women are utilizing cannabis for treating PCOS, instead.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a reproductive disorder that not only causes physical discomfort, but emotional pain like anxiety & depression, as well. This disorder causes metabolic issues (weight gain/loss,) fluctuation in hormone levels, and fertility problems. Symptoms of PCOS can also include hair loss, male-pattern hair growth, and acne.
How is it Commonly Treated?
There is no focused treatment for PCOS at the current time. Physicians will commonly treat specific symptoms of PCOS like infertility, acne, or obesity. Often times, a patient will be told to live a healthier lifestyle (diet and exercise.) If symptoms persist, medications will usually be prescribed.
One of the most common treatments is the use of combination birth control pills (containing Estrogen & Progestin). These are used to regulate hormone levels and reduce excess hair growth and acne.
Potential Side Effects
Combination birth control pills can produce a wide variety of negative side effects, including one or more of the following:
- Bleeding or spotting
- Breast tenderness
- Elevated blood pressure
- Abdominal pain
- Breast lumps
- Chest pain
- Difficulty speaking
- Blurred or double vision
- Loss of vision
- New or worsening headaches
- Severe allergic skin rash
- Leg pain or swelling
- Severe mood swings
- Two missed periods or signs of pregnancy
- Increased risk of blood clots in the legs
- Higher risk of heart attack or stroke (especially if you smoke)
- Liver disorder
- Gallbladder disease
With so many side effects, some of which are quite severe, it’s no surprise that PCOS patients are searching for other methods of relief.
Cannabis for Treating PCOS
Women who have used marijuana to treat their symptoms associated with PCOS have found great relief. Marijuana is less toxic (thus less dangerous) than other medications. It is also non habit-forming, meaning that you will not experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop using it.
Medical marijuana reduces stress, pain, and depression. It also improves appetite, treats insomnia, controls mood swings, and even eases cramps.
Common side effects of marijuana (THC) include dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, impaired motor function, and although rare, paranoia.