An Introduction to CBD & Delusional Disorder
Cannibidiol! CBD is derived from hemp and is non-intoxicating unlike other derivatives of the plant. Today, the topic under the microscope is CBD and Delusional Disorder. But first let us familiarize you with what Delusional Disorder really is and how CBD helps with it.
Have you ever experienced abnormality in your thought content? Have you ever come across any beliefs that persist falsely and firmly and are not accounted for by your religious or cultural backgrounds or level of intelligence? Well, if you have not encountered any such bizarre thoughts or beliefs, you would still want to know about them. What are delusions? Delusions are fixed, firm and false beliefs that are not amenable to change in the light of conflicting evidence.
Delusions are interestingly false and annoyingly firm. People who experience delusions may be commonly referred to as ‘possessed’, ‘demonic’, or ‘insane’ while they are only experiencing a state of mind that is not normal yet need acceptance and attention in order to be treated and cured. Delusional people are given the least importance and acceptance because of their odd and bizarre beliefs and behavior, but, well, that is something completely out of their control.
What is CBD?
Cannibidiol! CBD is derived from hemp and is non-intoxicating unlike other derivatives of the plant. It contains almost no THC (the substance that is responsible for intoxication) and so it does not get users “high”. CBD has been used for medicinal purposes for over 5 centuries now and yet, all we’ve heard is the abuse of marijuana for recreational purposes.
The Different Types of Delusional Disorders
- Persecutory (a belief that someone intends to harm, threaten, abuse or kill you)
- Referential (a belief that certain gestures, comments, environmental cues and so forth are directed to oneself)
- Somatic (a false belief regarding health and organ functions)Nihilistic (a belief that a major catastrophe will occur)
- Grandiose (a belief about having supernatural powers and exceptional abilities, wealth, fame)
- Erotomanic (a false belief that some person is in love with you)
Now that you know what sort of delusions a person can hold, let me tell you what it takes to get a diagnosis of Delusional Disorder or in simple terms, what are the symptoms of delusional disorder.
You should report the presence of one (or more) above mentioned delusions with a duration of 1 month or longer and apart from the impacts of delusions, normal bodily functioning is not significantly impaired and behavior is not markedly bizarre.
For you to understand this disorder better, we’d like to explain that Delusions are not like hallucinations. The difference between delusions and hallucinations is that delusions are beliefs, firm and fixed beliefs while hallucinations are perception- like experiences that are vivid and clear. Delusions exert a great control over mind.
Delusions can also make someone believe that some other person is trying to insert thoughts in one’s mind (thought insertion) or someone is trying to withdraw or take away all the thoughts from one’s mind (thought withdrawal).
It usually becomes really hard to distinguish between a delusion and a firmly believed idea and depends on the degree of conviction with which the belief is held despite clear or reasonable contradictory evidence regarding its veracity.
Thus the simplest distinction between Delusional Disorder and Schizophrenia is that for someone to be diagnosed with Delusional Disorder, he/she should not have met Schizophrenia’s diagnostic criteria. Read more about CBD and Schizophrenia
Causes of Delusional Disorder
Evidence suggests that one delusions can be triggered by extreme stress. Alcohol and drug abuse can also contribute to the condition. People who tend to be isolated are more vulnerable to experiencing delusions.
Other than the environmental factors, genetic factors may also be a cause of delusions. Studies have suggested some biological factors contributing to delusions as well. These biological causes involve abnormalities in certain areas of brain.
An imbalance of certain chemicals in brain called neurotransmitters have also been linked to the development of Delusional Disorder symptoms.
Delusions can make a person suffer in silence because they do not significantly impair functioning hence cannot be recognized easily unlike other psychotic illnesses. The immediate people around the deluded person have the foremost responsibility of identifying and treating the person.
A person with the delusional disorder would need acceptance and understanding most of all. The most difficult feature of this disorder is that the person cannot differentiate and identify his thought patterns and beliefs, the falseness of beliefs and the degree of conviction make it even worse.
Research on CBD’s medicinal use in treating mental disorders is currently underway. One of the diseases under study is Delusional Disorder. The potential for CBD as a cure for psychosis and other mental illnesses is high, according to experts. However, we still have a long way to go before it is publically available. The approval of EPIDIOLEX by the FDA in the US has paved for further research on CBD as the drugs active ingredient is CBD in its purest form. The drug is currently being used for treatment of epileptic patients.
How Does CBD Help With Delusional Disorder?
Researches for using CBD as a cure for epilepsy, cancer and chronic pain are already seemingly promising and with its now positive effects being recorded for a range of mental illnesses, scientists believe the possibilities are endless.
Anti-psychotic medicines that release certain neurotransmitters are traditionally used for treatment of mental illnesses. They bind to dopamine receptors to control the amount of dopamine that is released into the brain, which is considered to cause psychotic effects when released in abundance.
Researchers have now shifted towards studying the effects of targeting a different neurotransmitter system and that is where CBD comes in. Recent studies have showed that experimental groups that received CBD dosages and then were subjected to different activities to study the brain’s behavior showed significantly lesser abnormal brain activity (as seen in MRIs) as compared to those who were not administrated with the dosages and performed the tasks.
CBD and Delusional Disorder: The Conclusion
Yes it will take time before CBD is openly marketed for its contributions in treating mental illnesses like the Delusional Disorder, however, the progress so far is very encouraging and scientists are hopeful that this will open new doors and pave new avenues for the world of medicine in the future.