• Eos Scientific surveyed over 2,000 British adults to investigate whether people prefer using CBD over pharmaceutical medications to treat mental health
  • They found that 38% of Brits prefer to use CBD, with 50% of millennials (18-34) responding that they prefer CBD
  • 30% of the UK population would rather not talk to their doctor about mental health, fearing they may be prescribed a too-strong medication
  • Almost 8 in every 100 people in England are suffering from mixed anxiety and depression

New research has found that more and more Brits are choosing to use Cannabidiol (CBD) to treat mental health over traditional, pharmaceutical medications.

Eos Scientific conducted a survey, sampling more than 2000 UK adults, to investigate whether there has been a shift within British adults, specifically millennials, seeking to use CBD oil over prescriptions for mental health.

The research found that 38% of Brits, representing almost 17.5 million UK adults, would prefer to use CBD, over pharmaceutical medications, to help treat their mental health (50% of those were aged 18-34).

Clearly, there has been a massive shift in the way millennials view healthcare.

The survey also found that 30% of Brits (almost 15 million), have concerns about approaching their doctor to discuss mental health as they do not want to be prescribed medication they view as ‘too severe’ for their symptoms (47% of those aged 18-34).

This caution over using antidepressants, among other mental health medications, seems to be a wise one, as even the NHS accept that “some people experience suicidal thoughts and a desire to self-harm when they first take antidepressants,” with “young people under 25,” being particularly at risk.

If the medication you are prescribed to help you deal with depression and suicidal tendencies is going to make you suicidal, it seems an obvious choice to completely avoid that route.

“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.”
– Simon Manthorpe, CEO of Eos Scientific

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.”

The increase in the use of CBD for mental health issues amongst Brits is an interesting one.

Studies, like the one conducted by Eos Scientific, highlight the need for a greater understanding of the medical properties of CBD, particularly in how it interacts with our brain chemistry.

Further research into the effects CBD has on the brain is of a high priority, given the number of people already using CBD to treat their mental health.

Should the British Government prioritise such research, given the sheer number of side-effects current, pharmaceutical medications have?

Shouldn’t we, as a society, help reduce the number of people tormented by mental illness in any way we can?

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