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Cannabis and its Potential for Anxiety Treatments

By February 6, 2022 March 21st, 2022 CBD, Featured, Lifestyle

The United States and other countries are continuously being swept by cannabis legalization. The medicinal potential of the many compounds found within cannabis is being exposed to a wider audience. Anxiety is one condition that has been increasingly linked to cannabis. It seems as though new studies providing evidence that cannabis can treat any number of conditions are released daily.

Cannabis Anxiety Treatments

Over 40 million Americans have an anxiety disorder according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness and there are few effective treatments to alleviate this often- crippling state no matter how high that number is. Nowadays, most treatment plans include prescription drugs and therapy that often adversely affect a patient's mental health. However, to manage some of the anxiety’s crippling side effects, some patients are beginning to use cannabis anxiety treatment.

Even if there is limited research on the effects of cannabis on mental illness, some promising evidence is shown. According to a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, "Medical cannabis users felt that depression was reduced by 50%." Anxiety and stress were reduced by 58% after cannabis use as well. The study also found that females "reported a notable reduction in anxiety as a function of cannabis than men." 

Treating Anxiety: Cannabis Compounds

Know that you can make the most from cannabis, no matter what you are looking for. It's important to pay attention to your body. Feel free to check Evolution of Healing’s wellness section for a selection of cannabis products designed not just for recreation but also for wellness.

Some medicinal properties are present in many compounds found in cannabis plants. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two most well-known and well-studied compounds. Both have proven efficacy and are useful in the treatment of certain mental illnesses. Interestingly, in the aforementioned Journal of Affective Disorders study, "Low THC / High CBD cannabis is best for reducing known symptoms of depression, and high THC / high CBD cannabis is ideal for decreasing perceived stress symptoms."

It is very important to pay attention to the dosage and mixing ratio when using medicinal cannabis. Abused in cannabis anxiety treatment is ineffective and can cause unwanted negative side effects. The Journal of Affective Disorders research suggests that high THC cannabis is good at treating anxiety, whereas high CBD cannabis is good at treating depression.

While studies such as those mentioned above have provided some promising results, there are not yet enough studies to make a concrete statement about the medicinal link between cannabis and anxiety. The federal government categorizes cannabis as a drug with “no medicinal value”. This results in a lack of research being conducted in the United States.