Recent studies show that more and more people are turning away from conventional treatment for mental health problems, and instead choosing CBD (Cannabidiol) to help improve their mental health.
Although mental health has become less of a taboo in recent years with more and more people seeking help, research conducted by Eos Scientific found that 15 million Brits are still apprehensive about visiting their doctor and seeking help.
However, that apprehension has changed from worries surrounding the taboo of mental illness, to worries about the kind of treatment that will be prescribed.
Concerns included the strength of medication, either it being too strong or too weak, as well as negative side effects associated with conventional antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication. Of those who were wary of taking prescription medicines for mental health problems, 47% were aged 18-34.
Those in this age group were also the most likely to choose CBD over prescription medication as a treatment for mental health problems than any other age group. The study also showed that 38% of adults would prefer to treat mental health problems with CBD – of those, 50% were aged 18-34.
The same study also found that those working in high-stress careers were also turning to CBD products to cope with the pressure of their work.
The average working week in the UK is 40 hours, with the law stating 48 hours as the maximum. Yet 21% claim to regularly exceed that limit, with that figure rising to 35% in London. Over 9 million people in the UK believe that their work-life balance is negatively affecting their mental health.
Once again, 18-34 year olds, the so-called ‘millennial’ generation, were the most likely to turn to CBD, with almost 40% reporting either using it or willing to try it to help deal with the stresses of their job and poor work-life balance.
CBD works by attaching itself to the Endocannabinoid System, which is responsible for maintaining balance and equilibrium within the human body by regulating mental health, pain sensitivity, inflammation, sleep and immunity, amongst many other things.
The research, published last month, found that CBD use had more than doubled in the UK over the past year, with consumers finding it a more manageable way to treat their mental health than conventional pharmaceuticals.
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