What does the Research Say about Medical Marijuana?

Though we have several studies on cannabis and its effects on anxiety and other psychological conditions, research specifically on OCD is very little. There is a study that was conducted in 2010 that assessed the compulsive behavior in mice with the help of a marble-burying test. The researchers found that after giving a dose of CBD to them, the mice buried fewer marbles as compared to before. This showed a reduction in their compulsive behavior. The effects of CBD in this test were also compared with the effects of SSRI and benzodiazepine diazepam. And the researchers noticed that the effects of CBD were much long-lasting.

There was another study in 2017 that included around 430 cannabis users who took part in an online survey that assessed their OCD levels, cannabis use and misuse, and their motive of using cannabis. The study revealed that those who did not use cannabis properly had a more obsessive nature as compared to others. This may be because of a higher concentration of THC in their cannabis, but researchers are still not very sure.

The above studies do tell us about the relationship between cannabis and OCD. But is it positive or negative, we are still not sure. Though one thing is clear that a high dose of THC is definitely detrimental for people with OCD. And thus, if you do want to take a chance with cannabis to treat your OCD, steer clear of high THC strains.