Many people currently self-medicate with marijuana to treat their anxiety, phobias, and trauma. While there’s plenty of evidence showing that medical marijuana promotes feelings of relaxation, calmness, and happiness, it’s important to understand the effects for those who use medical marijuana with anxiety. By understanding how medical marijuana interacts with the body, you can make an informed decision on how to use marijuana for anxiety disorders.
Cannabinoids and Anxiety
The body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a vast collection of cell receptors (CB1 and CB2) known as cannabinoid receptors. These cell receptors interact with naturally produced endocannabinoids in the body to regulate important biological process, including anxiety.
Cannabis contains cannabinoids (chemical compounds) that resemble endocannabinoids and perform the same function as them.Cannabinoid receptors are present mostly everywhere in the body, including in areas of the brain that promote fear and regulate mood (prefrontal cortex, amygdala, hippocampus, and periaqueductal gray of the brain).
Cannabinoids Improve Neural Health
Troves of anecdotal evidence and studies on animal models have shown that using marijuana for anxiety can be an effective anxiolytic (anxiety reducer). Chronic stress lowers the number of endocannabinoids present in your brain leaving you vulnerable to “fight or flight” responses like panic attacks.
Cannabidiol (CBD), found in marijuana, has been found to be especially effective treatment for anxiety. CBD can boost serotonergic and glutamate cortical signaling to increase the amount and effectiveness of serotonin to maintain mood balance. Chronic stress can also break down pivotal brain functions including memory and cognition. CBD has been shown to promote hippocampal regeneration, especially in conjunction with SSRIs.
How to Use Cannabis To Relieve Anxiety
If you’re planning on using marijuana for anxiety relief, choose CBD-only products, products high in CBD or those that have an equal amount of CBD and THC. CBD produces no psychoactive effects, but THC does and can make an anxious person paranoid. A low amount of THC paired with a high amount of CBD, however, can balance the effects so you can feel relaxed and energized.
Products like cannabis oil or CBD oil have proven extremely effective for anxiety, especially if administered sublingually. Anxiety can prevent you from finding the right treatment for yourself. Green Door West offers medical marijuana delivery so you can receive treatment without hassle, straight to your door.