Mental HealthMedical cannabis for Mental Health
One in four people experience mental health issues each year. At any given time, one in six working-age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill health meaning that it is more common, long-lasting and impactful than other health conditions.
Mental Health Conditions
Medical cannabis may be beneficial in improving sleep, anxiety, depression and related comorbidities. There are several mechanisms by which medical cannabis may ameliorate these conditions, including activity of the major cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) in limbic and paralimbic brain areas, and direct agonist action of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on cannabinoid (CB) receptors.
Neuroimaging studies show that CBD decreases activation of regions of the brain associated with anxiety, fear and emotional processing, supporting medical cannabis use in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These anxiolytic and antipsychotic properties of cannabis may also be of benefit in neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety can cause both psychological and physical symptoms which often varies from person to person, these may include dizziness, headaches, shaking, palpitations / chest pain, feeling restless or having trouble concentrating and sleeping. GAD is a common condition, affecting up to 5% of the UK population.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)