Mood Disorders medical cannabis treatment

The term mood disorders describes a group of mental health conditions that are characterised by persistent periods of strong emotions, such as intense sadness and hopelessness or hypomania and elation. The two most common mood disorders are depression disorders and bipolar disorders. Although medical cannabis is not a suitable treatment for all mood disorders, cannabis-based treatments may be able to assist some patients with depression disorders manage their symptoms.

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1 in 5

people in the UK are affected by mood disorders, and they are more likely to affect women, say NHS.

280 Million

people around the world are believed to have depression according to World Health Organisation.

50%

Average depression scores fall by almost 50% within 3 months of medical cannabis treatment shows T21 data.

of UK adults would consider using medical cannabis treatments, according to representative research.

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October 2023

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Symptoms

Intense or persistent sadness

Elated ‘highs’ (hypomania)

Issues with self-worth

Problems with sleep

Issues with energy levels

Trouble concentrating

Changes in appetite

Suicidal thoughts

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

Treatment options:

When treating or managing the symptoms of mood disorders, there are a number of conventional treatment options available. Psychotherapy courses such as CBT, or DBT are typically recommended, and a number of medications may be considered to calm symptoms, or their interference with daily life.

Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

Mood stabilisers

Anticonvulsants

Antipsychotics

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A word from our specialist

"Neurological conditions are many and varied in how they can affect us. The more recognised conditions that are treatable with medical cannabis include epilepsy, where CBD mimics the action of the many anti-epileptic drugs; and multiple sclerosis, which the NHS can prescribe Sativex for. Medical Cannabis offers greater flexibility in the delivery of cannabinoid therapy for these conditions and hope in other areas of neurology, such as in the neurodegenerative conditions and the motor disorders."
Dr David Tang

Neurological Specialist

Are people with mood disorders eligible for medical cannabis treatment?

Since 2018, medical cannabis and cannabis-based medicinal products have been a legally available treatment option for patients with a range of health conditions, if they have been struggling to manage their symptoms with the medicines licensed for their condition. 

Patients with certain types of mood disorder, such as depressive disorders, may be eligible for cannabis-based options if other treatments have been failing to meet their needs, or have caused unwanted and unpleasant side effects. 

Although research is ongoing, at the moment the evidence in this field is limited when compared with other condition based clinical trials or investigations involving cannabis-based medicines.

Real life evidence, gathered from patient surveys and observational studies, demonstrates medical cannabis can be effective in helping to combat the symptoms of depression, and also improve quality of life scores for some patients.

However, there is also evidence to suggest that medical cannabis is not an appropriate treatment option for all mood disorders. This is why it is essential that medical cannabis treatments for mood disorders are overseen by qualified healthcare professionals, like those that work for Releaf.

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