Cannabis shows promise as treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Cannabis shows promise as treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD)
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The first research of its kind has reported ‘promising’ findings in the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) with cannabinoids.  When used in a controlled clinical environment, cannabis-based medicines can lead to a ‘substantial improvement’ in symptoms associated with BPD, also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD), according to a new study. The case series, which was published at the end of last year using data from the UK patient registry T21, is thought to be the first medical evidence of the use of cannabis medicines in the treatment of EUPD. Putting EUPD in context  EUPD is a common but broad mental health diagnosis and may affect individuals very differently. According to the NHS, some of the signs include emotional instability, ‘disturbed patterns of thinking or perception’, impulsive behaviour and ‘intense but unstable relationships’ with others. It is also a difficult condition to treat and many with a diagnosis of EUPD report experiencing stigma in medical settings. According to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines, no drugs have established efficacy in treating or managing EUPD, however, patients are commonly prescribed medications such as antipsychotics, antidepressants and mood stabilisers.  It is not known what causes the condition, although it is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.  The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is thought to play a role in many psychiatric conditions. According to the researchers ‘impaired functioning’ of the ECS in areas of the brain responsible for emotional processing and stress response ‘may underlie the manifestation of EUPD symptoms’. Exploring the findings  The case series explores the experiences of seven patients with a diagnosis of EUPD who were prescribed cannabis-based medicinal products through Zerenia Clinics in the UK and Colombia. The majority of participants were under the age of 30. Six had tried three…

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