Looking For An Effective Treatment For Anxiety?
An important first step in understanding how marijuana can help with anxiety disorders is understanding what anxiety is, and what causes it in the first place seeing as it affects one in three Canadians. Symptoms of anxiety can range per individual, but one thing everyone has in common is the feeling of discomfort. Anxiety disorder symptoms can begin even in childhood and continue through to adulthood and can form for a few different reasons which we’ll get into more below. Also keep in mind that, while many customers with anxiety are using cannabis to control their anxiety symptoms, there are no actual scientific studies done to-date to conclude customers’ findings. Medical cannabis for anxiety, like our CBD products, can ease your anxiety levels or any feelings of nausea effectively without getting you high (THC). Continue reading to find out more about anxiety symptoms and if using cannabis is the right treatment for you.
What Is Anxiety?
It’s a fear of what’s to come and can 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 and anxiety 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
Ways To Treat Anxiety
Have you spoken to your doctor about treating anxiety? Did they prescribe you medication?
Unlike medical cannabis for anxiety, medication can come with a lot of negative side effects such as blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, an upset stomach, and many more. Not only you have anxiety, but now you have other negative side effects to deal with when your medication is supposed to help. This is why many people turn to medical cannabis for help. CBD is not well-known for causing such effects, however, you shouldn’t take it if you’re on blood thinners. Do you have kids with anxiety and are hesitant about putting medications in their bodies? The therapeutic properties CBD holds can be very beneficial for treating anxiety, even for kids.
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 could play a huge role in it too, 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?
Though everyone will be affected differently or require certain doses, CBD or THC is a natural way to help people suffering from anxiety, PTSD, or anxiety-related disorders by:
- Lowering their heart-rate
- Allowing you to relax
- Bringing you a feeling of calm
- Reducing your social anxiety
- Helping with feelings of depression
- Bringing you back to reality
- Ridding your feelings of nausea
- Helping you sleep better
- Relaxing your muscles
Why Does Marijuana Help With Anxiety?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of research to support precisely 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 CBD or THC, whether you use 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 symptoms of depression or anxiety. When you take CBD or THC, your serotonin levels are positively being affected and are telling your nerves that it’s okay and that it’s time to relax.
In fact, almost 50% of patients who were prescribed CBD to treat their anxiety stopped taking their other prescription drugs within three to four months. Some people have especially found it helpful when it comes to nervousness involved with public speaking because it can positively affect your motivation, encourages creativity, and how you perceive information.
Does It Matter How I Take The Medical Marijuana?
No matter if you take the marijuana orally through a supplement or oil, use it in cooking, or as a gummy, it will relieve your anxiety regardless.
The Difference Between CBD & THC For Anxiety
When it comes to medical marijuana and anxiety, there is a difference between the two medical marijuana strains you should educate yourself on first (and with the help of our medical professionals, of course).
Known as tetrahydrocannabinol, this medical cannabis product is derived from the cannabis plant which resinous trichomes (the flowers) than hemp. THC, while still therapeutic, is what gives people a high. The levels of THC required for your specific needs can be difficult to determine on your own if you’re after the euphoric high feeling. Our medical cannabis experts can help you determine the best delivery method (vaping, edibles, etc.), and the proper dose for you. We’re always here to help.
Known as cannabidiol, this medical cannabis product comes from the hemp plant and does not give patients the high feeling, therefore, there is no psychoactive effect, just therapeutic as it binds to the cannabinoid receptors in your body and helps you to relax. This may be the better option for you if you’ve found that your THC medical cannabis worsened your anxiety symptoms and if you don’t like the feeling of being high.