What is Anxiety/Stress?
Patients who suffer from an anxiety disorder tend to feel uneasy, agitated, or nervous over everyday situations. Some patients deal with anxiety throughout the whole day, which can be tiring and debilitating, while others suffer from anxiety-induced panic attacks. The root of anxiety is different for everyone, which means that treatment for an anxiety disorder can vary distinctly from person to person. The most common anxiety symptoms are nervousness, sweating, feeling a sense of impending danger, having trouble focusing, hyperventilation, and increased heart rate.
How can marijuana help?
When doctors prescribe marijuana to someone who is suffering from regular panic attacks, the effects can be life-changing. THC is the primary phytocannabinoid that delivers euphoric sensations and is known to have antidepressant qualities that can help patients manage their anxiety. However, if patients ingest too much THC, they can become overwhelmed and schizophrenic — in effect, worsening their anxiety. Since CBD reduces schizophrenic episodes in patients by regulating the effects of THC, medicating with a strain that is also high in CBD can help patients with anxiety avoid exacerbating their symptoms. In one double-blind study, a group of researchers tested CBD’s effectiveness at treating social anxiety disorder by using functional neuroimaging. Their test showed that CBD significantly reduced anxiety by interacting with the limbic and paralimbic brain areas. Another double-blind, randomized study published in 2011 tested the real world effects of CBD on 24 never-before-treated SAD patients by requiring them to give an oral presentation. The 12 who received CBD before giving the speech had “significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in their speech performance,” compared to the 12 who did not, proving that cannabis with a high CBD count can be used to negate the symptoms of anxiety and stress.