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The commencement of postal deliveries of medical cannabis has come as welcome news to those who suffer from chronic pains and epilepsy. Alleviating pressure on the NHS, the move has provided an outlet for those to treat their symptoms without placing further strain on the existing infrastructure.

Similarly, as a wave of anxiety has swept across the UK as the COVID-19 crisis continues to grip the nation, surges in popularity for cannabis derivatives, such as CBD oil, have become prevalent as Brits look for ways to alleviate anxiety.

Balancing homeostasis in the body by stimulating the endocannabinoid system, CBD oil has proven benefits for relieving ailments such as stress, anxiety and insomnia. Whilst anti- anxiety prescriptions in the United States rose by 34.1% over the month of March, it would seem that Britons are deciding to take a more holistic approach. Research commissioned by Eos Scientific has found that a quarter of Brits would rather use holistic remedies than medical prescriptions to treat their mental health.

With a versatile array of applications, pharmacies are expanding their CBD oil offerings. Simon Manthorpe, CEO of Eos Scientific - the UK’s leading CBD oil testing service - discusses why holistic remedies, such as CBD oil have become more prevalent in the UK:

“It is well documented that CBD usage in the UK has risen exponentially over the past two years, with users increasing by over 100%, and we are witnessing another boom in popularity over the last two months. As a robust compound, CBD oil can be taken in many different forms, ranging from edibles that are ingested directly, to topical serums such as muscle balms. With such versatility, people have found that there are endless ways to enjoy the benefits of CBD.

“Studies into CBD have shown that it can help with stress and anxiety relief and can also help promote better sleep, making the compound all the more relevant right now. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system and helps to reduce the effects of anxiety, helping those of us experiencing stress during these difficult times with a little more peace of mind.”

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