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Battling With OCD? Medicinal Cannabis May Help

The common taboo of OCD is that it is so casually used by many of us to simply explain that we’re a tidy person or might just pay extra attention to detail… When in reality, OCD can be extremely overwhelming and hard-to-control and should not be compared with the above. It can leave sufferers feeling restless and unsatisfied 24/7. It is estimated that OCD occurs in around 1.1% of the general population in the UK. [1] which is around 72,600 people living with OCD in varied forms.

According to the OCD Institute, there are four kinds of OCD that include obsessions or compulsion:
  • Contamination & Washing
  • Unacceptable Taboo Thoughts & Mental Rituals
  • Just Right OCD: Symmetry, Arranging, & Counting
  • Doubt About Accidental Harm & Checking

Can CBD Help?

Cannabis is renowned for the therapeutic impact it can have on the body and mind, all dependant on dosage and strength. It has been proven to help treat anxiety sufferers and those who have undergone stress-related trauma such as PTSD.

Research undertaken by Columbia University and the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York has shown evidence of the anti-anxiety effect medicinal cannabis has on OCD sufferers. Modulation of the metabolic enzymes also linked to a decreased responsiveness to stress and the facilitation of fear extinction. In relation to repetitive behaviour. [2]

As a pharmaceutical supplier, we are evolving as a company to explore how our medicinal cannabis API (active pharmaceutical ingredient) can help those suffering with conditions like OCD whilst educating the nation on ways to improve their health with natural alternatives compared to opioids or fad diets.
COVID-19 And Its Impact On OCD

The present global public health crisis around coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to a number of additional worries for those affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. [3] A Priory expert has urged sufferers of OCD to have a plan in place to help cope with symptoms that may be triggered by news coverage of COVID-19. [4]

It has become apparent now that as a nation we must look after our mental, as well as our physical health in order to help combat the virus. It has been a stressful and overwhelming time for many of us which has exacerbated OCD for many people. Anxiety and stress can affect our entire anatomy. This includes your cardiovascular, endocrine, musculoskeletal, nervous, reproductive, and respiratory systems. [3]

How Does It Work?

Cannabis interacts with internal receptors in the body, commonly known as the endocannabinoid system
At Eco Equity, our EU-GMP certified product can help with various ailments, from common back pain to improved and more manageable symptoms of chemotherapy.
If you enjoyed this blog and are interested in further findings including cytokine storm syndrome and the link between cannabis and COVID-19, please visit: https://www.eco-equity.com/what-is-cytokine-storm-syndrome-and-why-should-you-care/
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