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Alternative Treatments for Mental Health

Alternative Treatments for Mental Health

Anxiety is one of the most common conditions treated with cannabis-based medicines in the UK.* However, these alternative treatments can also help improve conditions such as PTSD, depression, eating disorders and OCD.

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Mental Health

For those facing challenges with conditions like anxiety, PTSD, depression, or insomnia, conventional medicines may not be having the desired clinical outcomes. cannabis-based products for medicinal use (CBPMs) offer an alternative path for patients who have found traditional treatments ineffective. While not everyone will be eligible for medical cannabis treatment, our specialist doctors are here to engage in personalised consultations, exploring the potential benefits of this alternative.

How Can Cannabis-Based Treatments Help?

Our clinicians are experts in prescribing our alternative medicines for mental health patients, and your condition must be treated under clinical supervision. Cannabinoids can interact with your brain’s serotonin production, which is responsible for balancing and stabilising mood, and have been shown to alter anxiety and fear responses. THC, the other major component in cannabis, can also be therapeutically applied to help treat or manage secondary symptoms of depression, like poor sleep and low appetite.

1/2

Of those registered by the UK’s largest medical cannabis study were treating anxiety in 2021.

8 million

People have an anxiety disorder, and 18% experience anxiety at work.

58%

Of patients reported a reduction in anxiety and stress following medical cannabis use

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12. 07. 2023

Medical cannabis for depression explained

With rates of depression in the UK steadily rising, and only boosted by the recent pandemic, finding treatment solutions can be a daunting task. Now more than ever, it is important to understand all the potential symptom-reducing options available. One of those options may include adding medicinal cannabis as part of your therapeutic plan.

06. 07. 2023

How medical cannabis may help reduce anxiety

Anxiety disorders come in many forms, and they all share one thing in common. That is, they are on the rise. With one in six adults in the United Kingdom now diagnosed with some form of anxiety, the need for additional treatment options has never been more pronounced. Below, we will look at what anxiety is exactly, how it can affect you, and the possible ways medical cannabis may be able to help. 

12. 07. 2023

The potential medical cannabis holds for eating disorder treatment

The vast majority of the global population has a healthy relationship with food, but the scourge of eating disorders is on the rise, with millions worldwide facing anorexia, bulimia, and other disordered eating behaviours. In the UK alone, current estimates suggest that around 1.25 million people are affected by some type of eating disorder. 

You’ll be Supported By an Expert Medical Team

There is now good real world evidence that medical cannabis provides excellent mood uplifting effects as well as reducing the crippling effects of anxiety. When prescribed in a controlled manner in a clinical setting such as here at Releaf, patients have a clinical touch point with a Consultant so that, should their mental health deteriorate whilst in receipt of a prescription, their condition may be expertly managed without undue delay.

Dr David Tang

Medical Director

Common symptoms of psychiatric conditions

Anhedonia

Confusion

Excessive worrying

Fatigue

Hallucinations

Insomnia

Irritability

Loss of appetite

Obsessive thoughts

Panic attacks

Social withdrawal

Traumatic flashbacks

It's important to note that these symptoms are general and may not be exclusive to any specific psychiatric condition. Consulting with a healthcare professional is crucial for accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plans based on individual needs.

Common psychiatric conditions

Anxiety

Depression

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Eating Disorders

Insomnia

If you’re looking for an alternative to conventional medicine, cannabis-based treatments could be the answer to restore your quality of life.
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