From the House of Commons to the Daily Mail, but with the same message: antidepressants save lives

Antidepressants are always in the news, but the messages coming across are often contradictory. In most countries the use of antidepressants has increased since the year 2000 (although so has the use of anti-hypertension and anti-diabetes medications), yet worldwide less than a fourth of people with depression receive adequate treatment. Some patients are coming forward […]

Genetic insights into psychiatric disorders

Psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and major mood disorders are common, with 1 in 100 people affected by schizophrenia and a lifetime prevalence of 10% for major depressive disorder. They are highly debilitating to the patient and have a profound impact on the patient’s family, as well as society in general. […]

Is Cannabidiol a useful drug for treating addictions?

Molecular structure of CBD cannabidiol

Anecdotal evidence suggests that people are using Cannabidiol (CBD), the non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis, to help them quit smoking cigarettes as well as other drugs. At the same time, emerging research suggests that CBD indeed might be a novel treatment to treat addictions. However, the research itself is sparse and we do not have […]