Cannabis for Anxiety

In this article we will discuss on how cannabis can help treat a person suffering from anxiety disorder. Anxiety can be explained as mental disorder that makes you feel fear on what’s to come; it can be during your first day of a job interview, giving a speech to a large crowd or even taking a test. 

Anxiety comes in different varieties, and here are some of the types of anxiety: 

Panic Disorder – This can explained as a phobia of something, situation or activity. Panic disorder may later trigger symptoms such as: chest pain, shortness of breath or dizziness. 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that arises due to exposure of terrifying events that may have led to physical pain, or your physical pain was threatened constantly. PTSD may occur if you have gone through events like: military compact, accidents or violet personal assaults. 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – GAD is a serious type of anxiety disorder that makes you feel like everything in your life is falling apart. Unlike panic disorder where your fear is directed in one thing, GAD is spread, and it leads to fear of your surroundings. 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – This is an anxiety disorder that makes you feel the urge of doing something over and over again. Once you do them, it provides a temporary relief, but if you don’t do them it increases the anxiety. This can be for example; an urge of washing hands or checking a lock. 

Social Anxiety Disorder – This is the fear of being judged by people in social situations, it can be a social gathering, bus stop or just a walk in the park. 

The above are the common anxiety disorders which can be treated with a dose of cannabis. 

Cannabis has some chemicals which have different effects in our body. One of the chemical is called Cannabinoids. Cannabinoids also comes in different types, but the two main types are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).The main difference between THC and CBD is that, THC concentrated weed tends to interact with part of the body that makes you feel “high”, while CBD interacts with the part that reduces inflammation.  

So when it comes to anxiety treatment, the use of THC cannabis tend to bring results of; at lower doses, it seemed to help with anxiety, but at higher doses it worsened it. So it is recommended to use cannabis with high CBD concentration and low THC concentration.  This means that CBD cannabis will not get you “high” like THC cannabis, it will only help you in relaxation of the mind, which will help in anxiety reducing. 

The use of marijuana affects people differently. One may feel deep relaxation and the other may feel panic which may lead to anxiety, this means that, cannabis can help treat anxiety disorder to some people or affect anxiety to others; so it is recommended to seek medical advice first before self-medicating with marijuana. 

Since there are cannabis dispensaries, you should visit one and get advised on which dose suits you. 

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