Medical Marijuana For Anxiety
An important first step in understanding how marijuana can help with anxiety is understanding what anxiety is, and what causes it in the first place, seeing as it affects one in three Canadians.
What Is Anxiety?
It’s a fear of what’s to come and could be caused by a number of things. Ever worry about going to the dentist and had an uncomfortable gut feeling? Nervous or feeling sick about a job interview?
People with severe anxiety don’t just get a sore stomach or feel nervous. It can turn into full-blown panic attacks, particularly if they have a phobia, disorder, or suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Panic attack symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling dizzy
- Hot or cold flashes
- Chest pain or shortness of breath
- Numbness, especially in your arms or legs
- Strong sense of fear
- Feelings of detachment
Why Do I Have Anxiety?
There are many reasons you could be experiencing anxiety and it’s a very normal condition that one in three of us experience regularly. Your genetics play a huge role in it, as well as the environment you’re in (home, school, job, etc.), and your medical conditions (chronic pain, mood disorders).
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How Can Marijuana Help With My Anxiety?
- Lower their heart-rate
- Allow you to relax
- Bring you a feeling of calm
- Reduce your social anxiety
- Help with feelings of depression
- Bring you back to reality
- Rid your feelings of nausea
- Help you sleep better and rid you of horrible, recurring thoughts
- Relax your muscles
Why Does Marijuana Help With Anxiety?
There isn’t a lot of research to support how marijuana fully affects the brain to help it relax, but it does have a lot to do with how the receptors and your nervous system interact with medical marijuana, whether you use an edible oil, take a supplement, chew a gummy, etc. Your serotonin, a chemical your nerve cells produce, will reach low levels when you’re experiencing depression or anxiety. When you take medical marijuana, your serotonin levels are being affected and are telling your nerves that it’s okay and it’s time to relax.
In fact, almost 50% of patients who were prescribed medical marijuana to treat anxiety stopped taking their other prescription drugs within three to four months. Some people have especially found it helpful when it comes to anxiety involved with public speaking because it can positively affect your motivation, encourages creativity, and how you perceive information.
Does It Matter How I Take It?
No matter if you take the medical marijuana orally through a supplement or an oil, use it in cooking, or as a gummy, it will relieve your anxiety regardless.