What is Agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia is often assumed to be a fear of open spaces, but it actually refers to a fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult or where help wouldn’t be immediately available. It often presents itself as a fear of being outdoors for many people and affects about 2% of the UK population. When it comes to managing the symptoms of agoraphobia, medical cannabis has been known to help.

The first symptom you’re likely to notice with agoraphobia is a feeling of anxiety about certain situations. These might be waiting in line, being in a large crowd, waiting for an appointment, or travelling by public transport. Any of these situations have been known to trigger agoraphobia, as the person feels they cannot escape from the situation they’re in.

Women are twice as likely to experience agoraphobia than men and symptoms are most common between the ages of 18 and 35. If you start to notice any of these symptoms, note down when they happen to you. You might be able to notice a pattern where your feelings of anxiety are always associated with particular actions. This can help to determine whether what you’re suffering from is agoraphobia. The below are symptoms that people experiencing agoraphobia may suffer from:

  • Nausea
  • Feeling tense
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain or heart palpitations
  • Intense anxiety.
  • Have difficulty falling asleep
  • Struggle to concentrate
  • Suffer from an ongoing feeling of dread.
  • Panic attacks

How can medical cannabis help Agoraphobia?

Medical cannabis has been known to help with various anxiety-related conditions. A Canadian study in 2019 showed that 92% of participants found that medical cannabis improved their anxiety and depressive symptoms. 25% of these participants had agoraphobia, indicating a strong positive connection between medical cannabis and the condition.

For some, medical cannabis can provide useful relief to people suffering from agoraphobia alongside these forms of treatment. Your prescription can be tailored to suit your individual circumstances and needs, with ongoing support and adjustments made as necessary.

If you’d like to know more about treating this condition, you can read more about agoraphobia and medical cannabis on our condition page here: