Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) medical cannabis treatment

OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder, is a mental health condition characterised by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. OCD can affect people of all ages, and in many different ways. Conventional, licensed treatments help most manage their day-to-day life with OCD, but for those who have been unable to find success with these options may be eligible for new medical cannabis treatments at Releaf.

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1 in 50

People are estimated to experience OCD at some point in their lives, which would equate to around 1 million people in the UK.


Most debilitating illness on quality of life a person can have in 2006 by the World Health Organisation.


Of people with OCD involved in a statistical analysis reported a reduction in compulsions and anxiety with cannabis.

Over ⅔

Of UK adults would consider medical cannabis if their doctor recommended it, says representative research.

“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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Unwanted thoughts

Intrusive images or urges

Feeling stressed or panicked

Compulsive behaviours

Repeated behaviours or routines


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

Treatment options:

When treating obsessive compulsive disorder, talking therapies, like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), are commonly used to help people face their obsessive thoughts and work towards lessening their impact on everyday life. There are also a number of medications that may be prescribed to help balance brain chemicals, such as SSRIs and antidepressants.








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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

How may medical cannabis help OCD symptom management?

People who live with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) experience patterns of intense and unwanted thoughts or fears, called obsessions. These obsessions often lead to the development of repeated behaviours, or reactions to the obsession, which are called compulsions. Compulsions can impact or impede day to day life, and acting out these compulsions typically becomes a coping mechanism to dealing with obsessive thoughts. 

But recently, evidence suggests that medical cannabis or cannabis-based products may be of benefit to people with obsessive compulsive disorder. This is because one of the biological networks that is involved in regulating our moods and emotions is the endocannabinoid system. This is the same system, or network, that carries cannabinoids like THC and CBD around the body after they’re administered. 

Although evidence in this area is still being uncovered, currently, it appears that when cannabis cannabinoids are used appropriately and applied medicinally, they can impact neural activity. Findings suggest cannabinoids may be able to calm an overactive mind by balancing brain activity, and communication signals, after accessing the endocannabinoid system. 

This, in turn, can lessen the feeling of anxiety and relieve stress and possibly the intensity of compulsions, which may make daily life easier to manage. In the UK, those who have not been able to find similar results, or relief, with conventional OCD treatments may be eligible for medical cannabis. 

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