Dr. Alexandra Kupferberg (PHD) is a medical director at PhytoXtract Ltd, and researcher about medical use of cannabis and its future potential. In this series of 2 articles, she compiles knowledge about the question “Can Cannabis be used as psychedelic ?”.
- The first article compiles current knowledge about cannabis and its psychedelic effects, and to a certain extent if it is useful for medical purpose.
- The second one provides current evidences for antidepressant effects of cannabidiol (CBD).
1st Article: Can Cannabis be used as psychedelic, and does it help?
Can Cannabis be used as psychedelic, and does it help?
- – Δ-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may reliably induce altered states of consciousness 2–7 and lead to hallucinations 2,8. Therefore, it is sometimes classified as an 'atypical psychedelic' 9, 'psychedelic-like' agent 10 or even as a 'hallucinogen' 5.
- – Cannabis might produce changes in the running internal clock that slow down the inner tempo, leading them to a faster sense of time passage and underestimation of time 14.
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2nd Article: Emerging evidence for the antidepressant effect of cannabidiol
The second literature review is about key findings of the antidepressant effect of cannabis. Still, there is need for more clinical studies in humans.
- – Preclinical studies have shown that CBD induces antidepressant-like responses with a single administration causing a rapid and sustained effect in different animal models, and Mechanism of action of CBD.
- – A recent observational study in humans has indicated that medicinal cannabis use may reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms in clinically anxious and depressed populations 11.
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As PhytoXtract Ltd we are a Swiss plant based narcotics producer under swissmedic GMP/GDP licenses. We are currently working on developing the psychedelics manufacturing processes under the medical framework.