OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is the fourth most common mental disorder among the people of the US. Although precise information about the exact underlying causes of the disorder is still lacking, the common symptoms include worrying, fear and anxiety.
Treating OCD often requires a combination of therapy and prescription medication. With CBD being quite popular in handling various mental conditions, people are curious to know about how effective it is in the treatment of OCD.
What Is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental condition that is associated with extremely obsessive thoughts that generate anxiety and compels the person to behave a certain way.
Here is an example: When a person goes to bed he/she develops persistent thoughts that the door isn’t locked even though they have already checked twice or thrice. This is a compulsion and this cycle of compulsive thoughts tends to repeat.
What Are The Common Obsessive Thoughts Associated With OCD?
People with OCD may have different sets of obsessive thoughts but most of the time, they fall into one of several categories. Here are some examples:
- Fear of germs or contamination
- Fear of forgetting an important date
- Harmful thoughts towards other people or animals
- Difficulty in making decisions
- Fearing if someone would get harmed because of something you did or did not do.
What Are The Commonly Observed Compulsive Behaviors?
People with OCD show compulsive behavior in an attempt to bring down the anxiety caused by obsessive thoughts. The person often tends to repeat the behavior over and over again to get temporary relief from anxiety.
Common compulsive behaviors include:
- Excessive cleaning
- Excessive bathing or handwashing
- Compulsive counting
- Repeatedly checking that things are done
- Repeating certain phrases or words
- Repeating certain activities
Can We Use CBD To Treat OCD?
As of now, there is no scientific evidence suggesting CBD as a treatment for OCD. However, the results of various scientific studies have emphasized the anxiolytic properties of CBD suggesting it as a potential treatment for anxiety-related mental disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. As anxiety is the most common symptom of OCD, CBD could be used as a treatment for people with OCD.
A recent mice study found that CBD oil was effective in treating obsessive compulsive behaviors in mice. This is an encouraging finding but there is still more to be studied before we can arrive at any conclusions.