For Franz Kafka it was “the feeling of having in the middle of my body a ball of wool that quickly winds itself up, its innumerable threads pulling from the surface of my body to itself”. Recent research carried out by the Evening Standard with our Future London partner Babylon shows that generalised anxiety disorder is the number one medical condition in every one of the capital’s boroughs bar Islington (where it came in third). “I can’t recall a time when we’ve been talking about anxiety in the volumes that we are now,” says Nicky Leadbetter, CEO of the charity Anxiety UK (anxietyuk.org.uk).
The number of people admitted to hospital with alcohol-related behavioural disorders has risen by 94% in the last ten years.
As of this month, medicinal cannabis products can now be legally prescribed to some patients in the UK, including to children with rare, severe forms of epilepsy. While only specialist hospital doctors will be able to prescribe the products in a small number of cases, another form called CBD oil is readily available on the high street – and it’s gaining recognition for its beneficial impact on wellbeing. CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol or cannabis oil, promises to provide relief from a number of medical problems from pain to depression and anxiety.