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There's new hope for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A Washington State University (WSU) study found that OCD patients reported that their symptoms - including repetitive behaviors and intrusive thoughts - wore reduced by about half with in four hours of smoking cannabis.

The 31-month study used data from more than 1,800 cannabis sessions of 87 individuals. The participant self-reported that cannabis reduced their compulsions by around 60%, their anxiety by 52% and their unwanted thoughts by 49%, according to the study, which was published in The Journal of Affective Disorders.

Researchers also found cabbanis with highter concentration of CBD was associated with a greater reduction of symptoms. "The results overall indicate that cannabis may have some beneficial short-term but not really long-termeffects on (OCD)," said Carrie Cutler, the study's author and WSU professor of psychology. "The CBD findings are really promising because it is not intoxicating. This is an area of reserach that would really benefit from clinical trials lookin at changes in compulsions, intrusions and anxiety with pure CBD."

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