Many cannabis consumers are using cannabis as anxiety medication. Cannabis is most often used for chronic pain, but research is showing a large population of people use marijuana for treating anxiety.
Yes, cannabis can be used to treat anxiety. However, using marijuana to treat anxiety is not for everyone.
Yes, in some people cannabis can cause anxiety symptoms. Use caution when trying cannabis for the first time.
Research shows that high concentrations of THC may trigger anxiety in some people. Other research indicates that CBD is effective at treating anxiety. With these results, we recommend finding a balance of cannabinoids that work best for you.
One study, published in Psychiatry Research, investigated the impact of marijuana on anxiety and depression. Researchers concluded that there was “evidence to support the effectiveness of medical cannabis as a treatment for anxiety and depression”.
Out of over 7300 study participants, 43.9% reported they were using cannabis for anxiety. Participants using marijuana for anxiety saw improved outcomes over time.
Read the whole study here: Medical cannabis use in Canada and its impact on anxiety and depression: A retrospective study
This is the real question. Since many people are finding anxiety relief with cannabis, you may also be able to successfully use cannabis as anxiety medication. At the same time, there is a chance that high THC products, or other factors, could cause anxiety.
When deciding if you should use marijuana to treat anxiety, consider the following;
– Your experience with marijuana
– Your marijuana tolerance level
– The level of your anxiety
Use a notes app to track what products you use, what cannabinoids and percentages of cannabinoids they contain, and how they affect your anxiety levels after consumption. This is the best way to find the right combination of cannabinoids for anxiety relief.