Cannabis is often blamed for causing psychosis, but new research suggests that it could actually be an effective treatment for schizophrenia.

A group of researchers recently conducted a review of previous data collected on the development of schizophrenia. By cross-referencing this data with information about how medical marijuana can be used to regulate immunological functioning, they concluded that cannabis has the potential to be an effective treatment for symptoms of schizophrenia.

"A review of the literature shows that phytocannabinoid consumption may be a safe and effective treatment option for schizophrenia as a primary or adjunctive therapy," the study's authors wrote.

The study does note, however, that high levels of THC may actually serve to worsen schizophrenia symptoms. CBD on the other hand seems to be the key to success when treating this particular mental health disorder with medical marijuana. In some cases it has even proven to be more effective than conventional antipsychotics.

"In a recent placebo-controlled trial among schizophrenics, CBD treatment was shown to affect positive psychotic symptoms over and above the effect of a patient’s antipsychotic treatment," says the report

H/T: High Times