Could Cannabidiol Help Manage Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? – HempGazette

Cannabis in OCD treatment

A study out of Washington State University finds cannabis may provide short term relief of OCD symptoms – but more research needs to be done.

Someone being referred to as “a bit OCD” isn’t uncommon in conversation, but it trivialises what is a very serious condition.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is where a person is compelled to carry out repetitive actions and/or has obsessional thought patterns. This can persist even if the person knows their thoughts and behaviours are illogical and sufferers can be unable to stop them. The condition can also be accompanied by tics.

According to, around 2% of Australians suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. OCD can be a long term issue with a significant impact on the person, their work and those around them.


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Treatment can include psychological therapy and conventional medications. In terms of unconventional treatments, there’s little known about the short-term effects of cannabis on the symptoms on OCD in humans. WSU researchers Dakota Mauzay, Emily M LaFrance and Carrie Cuttler set out to discover more.

The researchers analyzed data from 87 individuals who used the Strainprint app. This application enables a medical cannabis patient to track changes in symptoms when using different doses and strains of cannabis over time.

The study revealed patients reported