Can cannabis help your mental health? Everything you need to know

Can cannabis help your mental health? Everything you need to know
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With the prevalence of poor mental health on the rise, many people are finding cannabis helpful for managing symptoms of common disorders such as depression, anxiety and PTSD. We explore its role in mental health treatment in more detail.  All of us have ‘mental health’ – not just those with a diagnosed condition – and it’s important we take measures to look after it, just as we do our physical health.  But poor mental health is becoming increasingly more prevalent among the general population, heightened by the stressors of the coronavirus pandemic and more recently, the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.  According to Mind, one in four people in England will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year.  A recent survey conducted by between September-October 2022, found that around one in six (16%) adults experienced moderate to severe depressive symptoms; higher than pre-pandemic levels (10%). The findings also suggest that the cost-of-living crisis and rising household bills are having a significant impact on the mental health of the population.  What do we mean by mental illness? Mental illness covers a broad range of disorders. From generalised anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), borderline personality disorders and bipolar disorder. With such a wide range of issues, and often an overlap of multiple diagnoses, how they are treated can vary widely, although treatment plans commonly include medications such as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in combination with talking therapies. The role of cannabis in mental health treatment There has long been a stigma associated with cannabis and mental health, but many patients in the UK are now prescribed it legally for a range of psychiatric conditions.  In fact, after chronic pain, anxiety is the second most common indication prescribed for, according to the figures…

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