It may not have been the outcome he hoped for when trying a CBD product, but Lewis Capaldi said he ‘freaked out’ after taking medically prescribed cannabis oil.
The 25-year-old singer was prescribed Cannabidiol by a medical professional to tackle his symptoms of anxiety, as the 'Before You Go' singer has previously admitted to suffering from severe panic attacks.
However, Lewis didn’t take too kindly to the psychoactive substance, which contained THC – the chemical that makes cannabis users high, as per the NHS.
The star took to Instagram Live to share his side effects from taking the prescription product, explaining: “I’ve started taking this cannabis oil. I got it medically prescribed to help with my anxiety.
“I’d never tried it before but it has THC in it. I took the second drop as prescribed and I freaked the f*** out. I don’t do that kind of stuff and I absolutely freaked.
“I was in my room by myself and I was hearing things. I thought I could hear voices,” he said during the clip.
“I had to search YouTube videos to find out what to do if you’ve taken too much cannabis oil. It was mad. It was f*****g intense.”
As well as his anxiety, Lewis recently opened up about his hypochondria – an anxiety disorder where people worry excessively about being or becoming seriously ill – telling Steven Bartlett on the podcast The Diary of a CEO, that his mum Carol helps to alleviate the worry as she's a nurse.
He said: "If I phone her and I say, 'Mum, I've got a headache, I'm dizzy, I think I've got a brain tumour or something,' she'll be like, 'Shut the f**k up, you're fine. Take some paracetamol and go to bed.'"
Joking aside, the 'Forget Me' singer went on to say that the anxiety disorder had an impact on him during school as he was convinced he was 'going to die'.
Since getting certain therapies, Capaldi said it's easier for him to talk his own way out of some of the worries, though said his mum still helps when he's struggling with panic attacks.
As for prescription cannabis products, the NHS states that ‘very few people in England’ are likely to get their hands on a prescription for medical cannabis.
In fact, the drug would only be considered for prescriptive purposes when other treatments have failed.
The medical organisation explains that the main risks of using THC products are psychosis and dependency on the drug, with possible side effects ranging from dizziness and diarrhoea.
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