Anxiety medical cannabis treatment

At some point in their life, everyone will encounter feelings of anxiety, but for some this affects them on a daily basis. Those with anxiety disorders feel uneasy, worried, stressed or fearful to the point that it often impacts on their life, work, and relationships. There are a number of conventional treatments used to treat anxiety in the UK, but recently increasing numbers are turning to cannabis-based anxiety treatments.

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8 million +

People in the UK have an anxiety disorder, and 18% of workers experience anxiety at work

Over ⅓

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


Reduction in anxiety and stress following cannabis use reported by medical cannabis patients in an online survey.

4 weeks

After 4 weeks, significant improvements in anxiety were reported in an open-label, phase 2 clinical trial using CBD.

“Having a medical cannabis card makes me feel better - and that counts“

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Daisy, Releaf Patient

October 2023

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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. 

15. 03. 2024

World Panic Day: medical cannabis for anxiety

With roots stretching back more than two decades, World Panic Day was created to bring attention to the alarming rise in anxiety disorders and the need for improved understanding, support, and treatment. It is a day to educate others about the realities of living with anxiety, to dispel myths and misconceptions, and to promote acceptance.

05. 07. 2023

Is CBD or THC better for anxiety relief?

Anxiety issues are the most commonly diagnosed mental health issues in the UK. Each week, one in six of us will be battling through some form of anxiety. And while anxious feelings are a healthy part of the human condition, there is a difference between the occasional worry and serious angst.




Constantly feeling ‘on edge’

Difficulty concentrating



Feeling sick


Fast or irregular heartbeat

Shortness of breath

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

For people with anxiety, talking therapies like CBT, and lifestyle adaptations such as regularly exercising and cutting out caffeine, can be useful in helping you to learn how to cope with anxiety triggers, or reduce the chances of their onset. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) may also be prescribed.








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A word from our specialist

“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

Clinic Director

Can medical cannabis be used to treat anxiety?

In the UK, the two most common conditions treated with medical cannabis, or cannabis-based medicines, are pain and anxiety. For those with anxiety, medical cannabis treatments can be therapeutic or beneficial because of their effect on stress and anxiety responses. 

Cannabis contains different chemical classes, some of which are cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Cannabinoids can interact with the brain’s serotonin production, which is responsible for balancing and stabilising mood, and have been shown to alter anxiety responses in a dose-dependent manner. 

While it's generally well accepted that CBD has stress relieving, and mood-uplifting properties, THC has shown to improve anxiety at certain doses, while exacerbating it at high concentrations, which is why it is important cannabis treatments are monitored by healthcare professionals. 

In the UK, GMC registered specialist doctors like those that work for Releaf can prescribe medical cannabis in a guided manner, tailoring the treatment to suit the individual - so each patient receives the most beneficial and effective care.

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