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A recent study published in Lancet Psychiatry analyzed almost 40 years’ worth of research on the effects THC and CBD have on mental disorders. Scientists examined 83 research studies that investigated mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, Tourette syndrome, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, most of the studies looked at depression (42 studies) and anxiety (31 studies).

Based on their analysis, the researchers concluded that some evidence suggests that THC with or without CBD can reduce anxiety. But, overall, the researchers stated that there is “scarce evidence to suggest that cannabinoids improve” the mental disorders that they examined. The researchers even found that THC actually increases the risk of adverse side effects. 

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