Cannabis And Anxiety

An anxious-looking woman is lying on a bed in her home

People with extreme anxiety feel nervous and worried most of the time - not just in stressful situations. Their worries are persistent and can interfere with many aspects of everyday life.

As more and more chronically anxious people turn to cannabis for relief, thousands of positive anecdotes are emerging. Research has been limited in this area, but some new studies show the potential of cannabis in benefiting those with acute anxiety symptoms.

Supporting Research

In 2019, a team of scientists at Washington State University conducted a breakthrough study to examine how medical cannabis combats anxiety. They investigated different strains with both THC and CBD being consumed by patients during sessions in their homes. Previous studies had only observed patients who took THC capsules in a lab setting.

What they found was fascinating:

  • Medical marijuana patients inhaling cannabis experienced a significant reduction in anxiety and depression symptoms in 89.3% of their sessions.
  • One puff of cannabis high in CBD and low in THC was optimal for reducing symptoms of depression
  • Two puffs of any cannabis was sufficient to reduce symptoms of anxiety
  • 10 or more puffs of cannabis high in CBD and THC produced the largest reductions in stress

Surprisingly, women in the study noticed greater reduction in anxiety symptoms than men.

How It Works

THC, CBD and other cannabinoids found in cannabis plants target receptors in our bodies that may help in the treatment of anxiety, stress and depression. Because THC binds to the natural cannabinoid receptors in the brain that control our moods and emotions, it can also impact the feelings of anxiety we experience.

As for CBD, researchers hypothesize that it interacts with the neurotransmitter serotonin and has beneficial neuroprotective properties that can reduce stress and anxiety responses.

Forms Of Consumption

  • Smoking/Vaping
  • Tinctures/Oils
  • Topicals
  • Edibles
  • Capsules

Your Next Steps

Discuss the medical cannabis options for anxiety with your Personal Service Provider. Remember to always start with small amounts to learn which strains and dosages benefit you the most. Keeping a journal of the strains you sample while noting the potency, effects and duration of relief is also advisable.*

*This treatment is not meant to or claims to be a complete cure or in lieu of medical advice or treatment.

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