Cannabinoids are found to be very useful in psychiatry because of their antipsychotic properties
suggesting a therapeutic use as neuroleptic agents in limiting psychotic diseases. Cannabinoids
treatments are both able to reduce the typical symptoms of schizophrenia and to slow down the disease
aggravation. In the present review, we reported recent studies supporting the idea that the cannabinoid
system may modulate the activity of the striatum and temporal cortex linked to psychosis and schizophrenia.
Furthermore, anatomical, electrophysiological, pharmacological and biochemical data suggest that the psychotic
disorders related to the impaired cannabinoid system may lead to the development of novel compounds that selectively
target specific elements of the cannabinoid system.
Keywords: Antipsychotics, Cannabis sativa, Cannabinoids, Cannabidiol, THC, Natural products, Schizophrenia.
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