A daily drop of cannabis oil added to water cured one womanâ€™s anxiety â€“ and helped her enjoy restful sleep, she told Metro.co.uk.
Jessica Hamilton, 29 told Metro.co.uk, â€˜I use it once per day. Just a very small drop, but it keeps me level and my anxiety has 80% gone.
She said, â€˜I donâ€™t think it will ever truly leave, as it is who I am, but I cannot express how different I am.â€™
The Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced this month that the NHS will offer prescriptions for CBD oil from November 1 for a small range of conditions.
â€˜Cannabidiolâ€™ (CBD), is a chemical from cannabis which campaigners claim helps with diseases including cancer and Crohnâ€™s disease.
Crucially, CBD products donâ€™t contain any THC, the chemical in cannabis which causes the high â€“ so itâ€™s legal to use in the UK.
Hamilton said that she started using the medicine â€“ available online â€“ after she suffered anxiety about having to talk in front of her company in team meetings.
She told Metro.co.uk, â€˜I suffered from extreme anxiety, while my work would occasionally ask me to talk in front of the rest of the company at team meetings. I hated it and would have panic attacks the night before, let alone on the day. Beyond this, I also really struggle sleeping at night.â€™
Hamilton said she had read about CBD oil in newspapers â€“ several studies have suggested itâ€™s an effective treatment for anxiety â€“ but became convinced after watching videos on YouTube.
Hamilton said, â€˜I added it to my water in the evening. I also had it in water before some meetings when I feel I need it.
â€˜It definitely worked on my anxiety, but not straight away. I found within 3-4 days I was much calmer, but it isnâ€™t an â€˜instant go-toâ€™ if you have a meeting in five minutes, itâ€™s more of a remaining-level feeling. I am so happy with it!!
â€˜I also do sleep a lot better at night. I donâ€™t get anxious thoughts like I used to and I generally feel I fall asleep about 20 minutes quicker now.â€™
Hamilton says she thinks CBD oil should be more widely available.
Hamilton said, â€˜What annoys me is (not sure about the laws) it isnâ€™t more prevalent online or easy to find, they need more backing and support because itâ€™s incredibly beneficial to me and plenty others.
â€˜If you suffer from anxiety or sleeping issues, I cannot recommend this more! It is certainly pricey, but I think with a product of this nature, you are buying quality and results, therefore I would never go for a cheaper form or one mixed with fillers or something like that.â€™