Apr 26, 2016 5:50 PM

How Effective is Medical Marijuana for Anxiety?

Using marijuana for anxiety has already helped millions of people around the world. Taking into account that there are more than 40 million of people suffering from anxiety only in the United States, we consider this issue to be of high importance. Let us find out why cannabis is so effective in treating various types of anxiety.

Forms of Anxiety and Usual Treatment

There are various forms of anxiety that can be treated with the help of marijuana. They are panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social phobia (social anxiety disorder). Anxiety can cause irritability, nausea, insomnia, fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and, of course, panic attacks. The patients who are diagnosed with any type of anxiety usually have to try various treatments before they find the one that really helps. Moreover, some doctors recommend using antidepressants as an anxiety treatment. Besides their intended effect, antidepressants can have multiple side effects like depressing the action of the heart and making you sleepy and indifferent, not to mention the suicidal thoughts. Some patients also use Valium, Xanax, Prozac, Zoloft and Ativan to treat anxiety. However, these medications build up a tolerance and, as a result, a lot of individuals become addicted. These medications can also lead to overdose. Moreover, some doctors can prescribe a too high dosage of anti-anxiety drugs and harm their patients. As a result, there are a lot of people, who feel hopeless struggling with anxiety and start medicating themselves with alcohol and opiates. Nevertheless, many patients who start self-medicating with cannabis begin to understand that there may be a better way to control their symptoms.

Marijuana as an Anxiety Treatment

Cannabis is known to be an effective anxiety treatment that has minimal side effects. Using it cannot result in physical addiction or lead to overdose. But how does marijuana affect our body and mind? The fact is, marijuana affects certain receptors in our body to provide calming effect. Cannabis contains two main active components, CBD and THC. CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) influence our nervous system. Being a non-psychoactive component, CBD is responsible for calming the nervous system; that is why indica strains, which usually contain more CBD than THC, provide a great chill-out and anti-stress effect. On the other hand, THC-rich cannabis strains may be harmful to individuals, who seek anti-anxiety treatment. Various studies on marijuana show that cannabis helps patients who suffer from anxiety disorders. In 2012, for instance, the scientists even found out that cannabis may help to erase bad memories.

Effective Weed Strains

There are several strains of weed that are great for treating anxiety, such as Blue Dream, Girl Scout Cookies, Harlequin, Gorilla Glue #4, Critical Mass and Afghan Kush. However, if you for some reason do not want to smoke marijuana, it is not a problem. Today you can buy weed-infused edibles or drink special tea. Moreover, the Internet is full of special marijuana-infused food recipes.

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