Psychiatric conditions and symptoms
Psychiatric disorders are unfortunately becoming ever more common in our modern society, with conditions like anxiety and depression affecting huge numbers of people globally and across the country. But the fact that these conditions are common shouldn’t make us overlook how serious they can be. Psychiatric conditions can severely impact wellbeing, so finding a solution that works is key and cannabis-based medicines may be a viable solution for a number of psychiatric conditions.
We know that with recurrent depression and anxiety, central nervous system dysfunction often increases and numerous neurotransmitter pathways and neurotransmitter levels may be altered.
Cannabis-based medicines can prove useful for managing a variety of psychiatric health conditions (including anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, OCD and stress disorders) as the endocannabinoid system interacts with the body’s neurotransmitter systems and plays a role in decreasing the fear response and reducing physiological stress.
More generally, we also know that activation of the cannabis receptors CB1 and CB2 can help to promote happiness, pleasure, and memory, with this obviously being useful in the treatment of a number of psychiatric symptoms.
If you satisfy the following conditions, you will be eligible to meet with one of our consultants:
- You’ve found other treatment options unsuccessful
- You are suffering from a psychiatric condition
- You have or can get access to your patient notes
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How medical cannabis works:
A range of psychiatric conditions and symptoms can be managed with medical cannabis. There’s good evidence suggesting medical cannabis’ effectiveness in treating anxiety, and it’s believed that cannabinoids play a critical role in PTSD treatment by potentially acting to reduce traumatic memories and nightmares. Activation of the cannabis receptors CB1 and CB2 can also help to promote happiness, pleasure, and memory.
While you can buy products that may seem like medical cannabis on the high street, with unscrupulous news outlets often claiming you can use high street CBD oil or hemp oil to treat psychiatric conditions, there’s no guarantee that these products are good quality or will have any measurable health benefits.
Medical cannabis that’s available through prescription, like the treatments we offer, is regulated to a high standard and is only offered after a comprehensive health assessment from one of our specialists. In this case, you can be sure you’re getting high quality care with safe and effective products.
Although there can be some side effects with these stronger, medical grade products, our clinical specialists monitor and adjust the prescribed medication accordingly on a regular basis to reduce these side effects as much as possible to ensure you’re satisfied with your care.
Meet our pain specialist
UK’s leading medical cannabis practitioners.
Dr Rebecca Moore
Dr Rebecca Moore is the lead consultant psychiatrist at The Medical Cannabis Clinics.
Dr Rebecca Moore is a consultant psychiatrist with over twenty years of experience working in London in the NHS and private sector. Most recently, she worked for the South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust at St Thomas’ Hospital, caring for women in pregnancy and in the postnatal period.
She has a special interest in trauma and PTSD along with anxiety and mood disorders. Dr Moore believes it is vital to work collaboratively with patients and to draw up holistic plans for their care.
“I work in a holistic way as a psychiatrist and this has to look at all the choices available for patients. In my work, I see patients with trauma, PTSD, OCD, Depression and Anxiety. My patients often have a long history and complex symptoms – I owe it to them to be totally open to all options for prescribing and treatments. Many of my patients already using medical cannabis in different forms, or are buying street cannabis to manage their symptoms. These are products that might not be safe, and are not quality approved. There are high-quality treatments available, and I want my patients to be able to access these safe and regulated medications.
I want people to have the best treatment options – quality, regulated and safe medical cannabis, on prescription. I don’t want people to be at risk from purchasing illegal cannabis or from unregulated products. I want to ensure everyone who could benefit from medical cannabis has the ability to access it safely.” – Dr Rebecca Moore