Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is being studied as a potential therapy for many things including chronic pain, and it’s also being studied to treat psychosis.

CBD could be a “new class of treatment” for psychosis and there is a first clinical trial taking place that is exploring the effects. The trial has found that CBD could relieve symptoms in patients that have psychosis.

Professor Philip McGuire, from Kingโ€™s College Londonโ€™s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, who is the lead author of the study, has said that conventional drugs acted by blocking biological receptors for mood-altering chemical dopamine.

โ€œHowever, dopamine is not the only neurotransmitter whose function is altered in psychosis, and in some patients dopamine function may be relatively normal,โ€ he also said.

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