Anxiety disorders are common among Americans. The Anxiety & Depression Association of America says that about 40 million adults in the country have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety sufferers often have difficulty concentrating, sleeping at night, talking to strangers, etc. Other symptoms of anxiety include excessive worrying, irrational fears, panic attacks, tense muscles, and fatigue.
Medical marijuana is effective in managing symptoms of a wide range of conditions, of which anxiety is one. There’s a wide range of studies available, which say cannabis provides ultimate relaxing, anti-anxiety effects. And, more are being done.
In the United States, over 30 states have legalized medical marijuana. Each state has its own list of MMJ qualifying conditions and rules & regulations for cannabis users. To access marijuana products legally from state-licensed dispensaries, you require a medical cannabis doctor’s recommendation.
In this post, we are going to learn how exactly cannabinoids work in managing symptoms of anxiety & depression.
Marijuana For Anxiety & Depression
For treating anxiety, there’s a wide range of treatment options available. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well-known therapy, which is focused on altering the thinking patterns of patients and helping them to boost mood, focus, and sleep.
Medical marijuana contains amazing compounds, which can help in managing depressive episodes and other symptoms. However, cannabis is also helpful in managing pain, ending excessive worrying, boosting memory.
Scientists have found that there exists a biological system in the body, called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays a main role in different bodily functions. Endocannabinoid deficiency can interfere with sleep, mood, and appetite. Marijuana has more than 100 cannabinoids, which bind to receptors in the ECS, thus changing different bodily functions.
Marijuana interacts with various parts of the brain and target receptors to provide relaxation and calming effects. For example, cannabinoids interact with the amygdala, thus reducing anxiety and promoting mental relaxation.
Those who want to end negative thoughts, excessive worrying, and other depression symptoms without experiencing high effects can use high-CBD and low-THC strains.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which is known for providing anxiety relief and anti-inflammatory effects. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a CBD-infused medication called Epidiolex for the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome.
According to a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, marijuana can help in reducing levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. However, this is true for short-term use, and for repeated use, marijuana may link to worsening the symptoms.
Marijuana is also helpful in boosting sleep, thus managing sleep disorders, PTSD, etc. Researchers have found that cannabis consumption can reduce the amount of time you spend in REM sleep and increase the deep sleep.
Marijuana Strains For Anxiety Sufferers
It’s important to note that at medical dispensaries, there’s a wide range of strains with different THC and CBD levels. Each strain delivers different effects to different people. For instance, one strain providing relief to one patient may not work for another. So, you should analyze your condition and carefully choose the strains.
Here’s a list of strains for depression & anxiety sufferers-
- Skywalker OG Kush
- Blueberry Lambsbread
- Sour Tsunami
- Kosher Kush
- Bubba Kush
- Valentine X
To sum up, depression & anxiety can lead to sleep problems, trouble concentrating, and relationship problems. Medical researchers have found that marijuana contains amazing chemical compounds, which can help in providing relaxation, boosting sleep, and managing other depression symptoms effectively. When using cannabis for anxiety relief, it’s important to choose the right dosage as repeated marijuana use may lead to worsening the condition instead of improving. Additionally, you should choose the right strains based on your condition.
Talk to an MMJ doctor to apply for your medical marijuana card today.