The Use of Cannabis in the Treatment of Anxiety
Patients diagnosed anxiety disorder likely know the struggle of finding the right medication to treat it. In all, 40 million adults (18% of the population) suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder. Anxiety is characterized by a plethora of symptoms, some of the biggest being shortness of breath, trembling, sweating, racing heart, hyperventilation, nausea, and so much more. Depending on the disorder, the symptoms may be less or more severe; for example, in panic disorder, sufferers probably experience frequent feelings of impending doom or like they are going to die—pretty bad stuff. Further, people who suffer from anxiety may or may not be worrying over real events—it could just be an impending feeling that won’t go away.
To further the bad news, a lot of anxiety medications come with a slew of side effects; the benefits don’t always outweigh the negatives. For example, benzodiazepines like Xanax and Klonopin are highly addictive and don’t even always work for people in the first place. Beyond that, SSRIs like Prozac take at least a month to build up in the system, often making anxiety symptoms worse before they get better; imagine dealing with exacerbated anxiety for a month just to find out the medication doesn’t even work well with your genetic makeup. If this is your case, perhaps AGRiMED has an alternative for you:
- Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Attacks/Panic Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
While THC—the other main component in a cannabis plant—may exacerbate anxiety and anxious feelings, CBD does the complete opposite, often being prescribed specifically for many different anxiety disorders. It’s still common to use both cannabinoids to treat anxiety, as the right combination of each (most likely low-THC, high-CBD) can be the key to treating anxiety. Thus far, CBD has been used to treat everything in the anxiety realm from social phobia to OCD and beyond. What’s important to note is that CBD is non-psychoactive; this means it does not produce any sort of high.
CBD is almost akin to an SSRI, or serotonin reuptake inhibitor. These are medications like Lexapro, Celexa, and Prozac. Much like SSRIs, which block the absorption of serotonin in the brain so as to create more synaptic space for serotonin, CBD affects people’s serotonin receptors by boosting their signaling. In fact, cannabis is said to have “antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects.”
Though there are plenty of tales of medical cannabis helping relieve anxiety, there’s actually a decent amount of science to back it all up. A study done in Canada found that within a 90-day span of using medical cannabis, 40% of patients stopped taking their benzodiazepines. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, benzodiazepines come with numerous side effects, not to mention their potential for addiction—not having to rely on such volatile medication could be a huge step in the treatment of anxiety patients.
AGRiMED is committed to providing you with the highest quality medical cannabis in order to treat a wide variety of ailments. Should you experience any of the symptoms of anxiety listed above, please make sure to contact your healthcare professional.
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Carrier, Stacie (2017). Milestone study shows dramatic reduction in pharmaceutical reliance among Canadian medical cannabis patients. Canabo Medical Corp.