04 May Medical Marijuana for Anxiety Relief
Living on lock down is stressful. Being cooped up and wondering about what is to come has got all of us in a frenzy. For those battling anxiety, this time can cause even more strain and lead to panic attacks. If you are currently suffering from anxiety, then medical cannabis may be able to help!
There is a lot of debate over cannabis’ effect on anxiety. Today we are going to break it down for you, so that you can be sure to find the best fit for your needs.
Using medical cannabis for anxiety-relief starts with choosing the right strain. Choosing a strain with lower THC is best for minds over-populated with thought. If you are someone whose mind constantly runs, THC will only amplify your anxiety due to its psychoactive properties. Sativa strains have higher amounts of THC and lower amounts of CBD and generally cause a mental high. If you are looking for a remedy to help calm you, Sativa should be avoided. This is not to say that Sativa can’t be used in anxiety treatments. If your anxiety couples alongside depression, Sativa can work as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, preventing serotonin from being reabsorbed too rapidly within the brain.
Best Strains of Sativa for Depression-related Anxiety:
Jack Herer: Boosts happy feelings and concentration with an energy jolt.
Strawberry Cough: Gives you energy without sending your mind racing.
For fast acting relief, Indica is the preferred strain for general anxiety-reduction as it has low amounts of THC and contains more CBD. CBD is well-regarded for its calming effect and is used by many as a sleeping aid. Indica works as a sedative, slowing your mind and body to stabilize you in a serene state.
Best Indica Strains for General Anxiety:
Northern Lights: Highly sedative to bring those anxiety thought storms to a lull.
Blackberry Kush: A quick pain relief agent that is great for tranquil sleep and relaxation.
Granddaddy Purple: Commonly used for pain and stress relief that leaves you chill and sleepy.
The impact of medical cannabis on your anxiety will depend on your severity, psychiatric illness, and any other substances you may be taking. Be sure to talk to you doctor before you use marijuana as a treatment for anxiety. Speak to your trusted mental health professional about the treatment of your anxiety-related disorders to get the best diagnosis and provide you with treatment best suited for your situation.