A sampling of nearly 2,000 UK adult millennials, commissioned by Eos Scientific, unearthed a surprising shift in medicine sought to treat mental health. More “health-conscious millennials” would prefer to try CBD oil over traditional prescriptions.
Eos Scientific was tasked with finding solutions for the increasing number of people seeking support for mental health, as the NHS A&E is beginning to see longer wait times for patients seeking care.
The research discovered that nearly 15 million Brits are skeptical when it comes to seeking mental health prescription medication, primarily due to a fear of the medication being too strong, having negative side-effects, or being too general to treat their specific symptoms.
“CBD works by affecting the endocannabinoid system and, while further research is still ongoing into the long-term benefits of using CBD to treat anxiety, initial studies suggest that CBD oil has anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects,” commented Simon Manthorpe, CEO of Eos Scientific, adding “the number of UK users of CBD oil has almost doubled in the last year, with many claiming the cannabis-based products are a more natural and easily accessible way to manage their mental health.”
He concluded by saying, “While prescribed medicine will always be the recommendation of medical professionals, we are seeing increasing numbers of people turning to more alternative remedies, not just for their mental health but for any number of ailments.”
The data of this research indicated that:
- 30% of Brits are wary of seeking a doctor to treat their mental health, primarily due to prescription concerns (47% of those were aged 18-34).
- 24% of Brits prefer holistic remedies for managing their mental health (35% of those were aged 18-34).