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Understanding the Benefits of Medical Cannabis for Anxiety

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) has diligently sought prevention and treatment for anxiety disorder, which brings on intense fear and panic, including obsessive-compulsive behavior (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since 1979. Meanwhile, the high percentage of opinions that medical cannabis can treat anxiety disorder was validated by a Washington State therapist’s patients, who reported increased peace, sleep, and relief from using it. 

Anxiety Disorders Explained

The Mayo Clinic compares common anxiety compared to the diagnosed disease, reporting the extreme difference between both. While common anxiety issues include unable to control worry, intense sweating, and trembling, anxiety disorder symptoms are more severe. 

Symptoms vary based on the type of anxiety. Some forms include separation, social, and substance-induced anxiety. If not treated, these types of disorders can respectively affect child brain development, cause social isolation, and make drug withdrawal further frightening. 

The ADAA reports anxiety disorders are not only the most common mental health issue, but they affect almost 20% of the population 18 years or older. Additionally, those who suffer from anxiety disorder up to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to admit to a psychiatric facility than non-sufferers. According to the ADAA, anxiety, and depression go hand-in-hand, reporting risk factors to vary and include brain chemistry, personal character, and life circumstances. 

Anxiety Alleviated by CBG, CBD & THC 

With several treatments and lifestyle changes that treat anxiety, medical cannabis has helped thousands of patients, specifically with stress, according to a U.S. survey of adults. The 2017 National Institute of Health (NIH) survey asked 16, 280 U.S. adults, with approximately 81% agreeing cannabis has at least one benefit and 17% disagreeing. These statistics confirm the positive percentage of Americans agreeing that cannabis alleviates anxiety disorder. 

Those who agreed it has at least one benefit also reported at least one risk, including legal issues, addiction, and impaired memory. “The most common benefit cited was pain management (66%), followed by treatment of diseases, such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis (48%), and relief from anxiety, stress, and depression (47%),” according to the survey.

Along with public opinion, 2012 journal Recent Patents on CNS Drug Discovery reported “rich evidence” that when consumed cannabis-infused products directly affected emotions. The study showed how THC, CBD, and CBG, all properties of cannabis, have helped anxiety for thousands of years. “The employment of cannabis for its medicinal, relaxing and mood-enhancing properties has been documented across most ancient civilizations,” according to the study, which noted future perspectives on the cannabis and anxiety looked positive. 

Additionally, medical cannabis reportedly alleviates depression, which is a symptom of anxiety, and assists in treating insomnia, another sign of the disorder. Along with present public opinion and ancient civilization evidence, medical cannabis continues to prove it alleviates generalized and chronic anxiety time and time again. 

A Cannabis Professional’s Analysis

Veriheal interviewed Dr. Debra Kimless MD, the Chief Medical Officer of Pure Green, who conducts clinical trials with cannabis products. She had the following to say about the implications of cannabinoids on conditions relative to anxiety: 

“Because we are Americans, bigger and better does not always go along with this (cannabis use). In fact the endocannabinoid system is a delicate balance. While a little bit can reduce your anxiety, a lot of it could make you paranoid. A little bit can calm you and allow you to sleep, a lot of it can exacerbate PTSD. Lots of information is being looked and researched about the cannabinoids themselves. Some are lower in THC. I am not vilifying high potency THC, some people require it,  but not everybody. Some people with certain constellations of illnesses like anxiety or PTSD do not always do well with high dose THC.”

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