Suicidal tendencies, however, seem to be a rarer occurrence that the 100s of other side-effects associated with mental health medications. Most people, according to the NHS, may experience a loss of appetite, feeling and being sick, and insomnia.
In 2016, 64.7 million anti-depressant prescriptions were dispensed in the UK, the fourth highest number for any type of drug. Almost 8 in every 100 people in England are suffering from mixed anxiety and depression.
With nearly 8% of the British adult population being at risk of suffering from a range of mental health issues, finding an appropriate medication to treat these millions of patients is a clear priority.
Discussing the results of the study, Simon Manthorpe, CEO of Eos Scientific, explained why more and more mental health patients are choosing to use CBD, highlighting that fact that CBD is non-toxic, meaning you cannot overdose on it:
“CBD works by affecting the endocannabinoid system and, while further research is still ongoing into the long-term benefits of using CBD to treat anxiety, initial studies suggest that CBD oil has anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects.
“The number of UK users of CBD oil has almost doubled in the last year, with many claiming the cannabis-based products are a more natural and easily accessible way to manage their mental health.
“While prescribed medicine will always be the recommendation of medical professionals, we are seeing increasing numbers of people turning to more alternative remedies, not just for their mental health but for any number of ailments.”