Everything You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana and Anxiety

There is a common misconception out there that marijuana use causes anxiety for anyone who uses it. Of course there is a slim chance of feeling paranoia when you smoke or consume cannabis, but this is a rare occurrence and typically happens when the drug is abused and overused. When it comes to medical use, it turns out that marijuana is actually one of the best ways to treat anxiety disorders, and can even help with depression.

If you currently use cannabis for medical purposes or are hoping to obtain a prescription within Canada, consider receiving your ACMPR license to grow. The process is quick and simple and the pros greatly outweigh the cons, especially for anyone suffering from an anxiety disorder. If you are wanting to know more about weed and anxiety, continue reading to learn everything there is to know about the benefits of medical marijuana for anxiety.

Why does marijuana make some people anxious and not others? Smoking affects everyone differently. Typically a person’s reaction to cannabis has to do with the type of strain and the THC vs. CBD content of that strain. So if you have tried medical marijuana once and felt more anxious or paranoid, don’t give up on it. Try out a different strain, and ask around about what kind is best for treating anxiety disorders. This being said, there are some people who just don’t react well to weed. After smoking, the THC binds to the brain’s receptors, releasing neurotransmitters that typically calm people down. But for a small percentage of people, this has a rebound effect and actually increases the heart rate, potentially leading to anxious feelings or paranoia.

What strains are best for helping with anxiety? There are two main natural compounds found in cannabis that people are familiar with – THC and CBD. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the compound that creates the “high”, and depending on the THC content the high will be different with every strain you smoke. While THC is the psychoactive compound, the cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-psychoactive compound and doesn’t give the high that THC does.

Even though it creates no high, CBD is associated with tons of health benefits like pain relief and it is responsible for relieving anxiety. It also doesn’t cause the same side effects as CBD, such as dry mouth, red eyes, and increased heart rate. So as far as treating anxiety goes, you’ll want to find a strain low in THC and high in CBD. You won’t experience a significant high, but the CBD-heavy strains will benefit most people with anxiety disorders.

Does the type of anxiety matter for cannabis users? If you are considering treating your anxiety with cannabis, you might wonder if it is the right fit for you. Anxiety disorders range from acute to severe. Depending on your condition, medical marijuana may not be for you. Those with a slight anxiety disorder typically benefit from cannabis use, while those with more severe conditions like PTSD may not experience the same benefits. More research on this topic is being done by the day, but scientists say that it is about trial and error to see if it right for you.