Deeptanshu Basu1* and Sutapa Basu2
1Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
2Department of Early Psychosis Intervention Program, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore
*Corresponding Author: Deeptanshu Basu, Department of Psychology, University at Canterbury, New Zealand.
Received: July 07, 2017; Published: July 24, 2017
Citation: Deeptanshu Basu., et al. “Cannabis in the Treatment of Mental Health”. Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 1.3 (2018).
Cannabis is a commonly used psychoactive substance. An estimated 183 million people used it in 2016. A lot has been said of the negative effects of cannabis on brain function and mental health. This review serves to highlight some of the literature on the research in to the positive effects of cannabis on mental health. A brief explanation of the neurobiology of cannabis and the workings of the endogenous cannabinoid system are included to aid understanding. The possible uses of cannabis looked in to are - pain management, anxiety, mood disorders, psychoses, insomnia, suicides, aggression, Alzheimer’s, and ADHD. Some future research directions of note are comparative studies looking at the benefits of cannabis vs. existing pharmacological treatments, the effectiveness of cannabidiol, as well as longitudinal studies looking at the long-term effectiveness and detrimental effects of controlled cannabis use for therapeutic purposes.
Keywords: Cannabis; Tetrahydrocannabinol; Cannabidiol; Mental Health; Cannabis for Therapeutic Use
Copyright: © 2018 Deeptanshu Basu., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.