Can Medical Marijuana be used to treat OCD?
As we have discussed before, we firmly believe in order to move beyond OCD treatments and research must go beyond conventional medicine. We contacted a cannabis delivery and research company in Nevada - Hytiva - to do some initial research into medical marijuana treatments for OCD patients.
The biggest criticism we have about conventional treatment methods, mainly medications, are the associated side effects. Some of these side effects include increased appetite and weight gain, loss of sexual desire, fatigue and drowsiness, insomnia, dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation.
Depending on the individual and the type of medication sometimes suicidal thoughts are a concern. In the context of OCD sufferers, that becomes a weighty concern.
Compounds in the cannabis plant have shown to relieve symptoms associated with stress or anxiety. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most prevalent compound in cannabis other than Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC gets you high. CBD does not. In fact, CBD diminishes the effects of THC when the two are consumed together.
CBD has a very calming, relaxing effect. For this reason, cannabis strains high in CBD or CBD in concentrated forms are ideal for treating OCD symptoms.
Keep in mind that clinicians are now better understanding the need for personalized treatment for OCD symptoms and that treating with cannabis products should be approached in a similar fashion. Figuring out which strain works best for a patient is simply part of their responsibility as a cannabis consumer to continue to understand their body and mind. Very few doctors will be able to advise patients in this area, therefore we at Beyond OCD are primarily looking to educate our readers and empower them to experiment safely and wisely.
Cannabis self-education today is now both convenient and free with resources like Leafly and HighTimes.
Treatment Suggestions from Hytiva
Hytiva shared a few cannabis recommendations for adult OCD sufferers. Not all products will be available depending on your place of residence. Residents of Canada or any marijuana legal state in America will have a much easier time trying a THC based stain, however CBD products should be easily obtainable to most North America residents.
CBD’s numerous neurological benefits make it perfect for treating anxiety disorders in general but OCD in particular along with some of the symptoms that accompany OCD.
Charlotte’s Web is the most famous of high CBD strains. With CBD levels at 20% and THC as less than 0.5% this strain will not get you high. In fact, it will do just the opposite, providing a calming, relaxing effect. Charlotte’s Web is a popular treatment of anxiety disorders, seizure disorders, and pain.
Cannatonic is known for its high CBD content (6-17%) and low THC content (usually below 6%). Cannatonic will provide you an uplifting, relaxing high. It is an excellent combination of relaxation from the CBD and mild high effects from THC. Cannatonic is used to treat pain, anxiety, spasms, among other conditions.
Cherry Kola with its dominant indica properties is a favorite among anxiety sufferers because it provides a euphoric high but also very deep relaxing. For OCD sufferers, a little Cherry Kola will almost immediately eliminate the compulsions and obsessive thought patterns. Cherry Kola is high in THC, ranging from 21-25%, and is low in CBD, at 1%. Indica dominant hybrid strains can sometimes come with mild paranoia so start slow and see how this particular strain impacts your illness. Cherry Kola can be difficult to locate. Hytiva suggests contacting your nearest dispensary and asking for it by name and requesting recommendations of strains with similar cannabinoids levels.