Anxiety can be a disabling condition that’s accompanied by long-term stress and a decline in overall health. It contributes to many chronic diseases, even when treated with conventional medications.
Anxiety can affect people of all ages and 40% to 60% of people with anxiety experience signs of depression, which makes it an even more serious and difficult condition to treat properly. Research shows that people with anxiety cannot successfully achieve short or long term remission, with remission rates remaining as low as 38 percent after five years.The good news is that there are many natural remedies such as medical cannabis for anxiety, that are safe and don’t cause adverse side effects like so many anti-anxiety medications.
Using medical cannabis and by eating a clean and well-balanced diet that contains important nutrients like B vitamins, magnesium and omega-3s, and using essential oils for anxiety, you will notice an immediate difference in your mood, energy levels and sleep patterns.
When taking a close look at medical studies and results of medical marijuana used to treat anxiety, it’s evident that the chemical makeup, specifically the presence of the chemical compound Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is the main ingredient to treat anxiety. Another compound, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may have a reverse affect on treatment for anxiety. CBD-rich cannabis can be treated for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety and anti-spasm affects. CBD does not make people feel “stoned” or “high,” and in cannabis, it is a major element, making up 40 percent of the plant’s extract.
For those looking to treat anxiety disorders with cannabis, treatment relies heavily on the appropriate dose. Research proves that THC begins to raise anxiety levels after a certain threshold is passed. Those using medical marijuana to treat anxiety will need to find strains with high compounds of CBD when purchasing medical cannabis.
A study aimed to investigate the use of CBD for treating a social anxiety disorder and found that CBD was associated with significantly decreased subjective anxiety. The study states that in the first session, subjects were given an oral does of CBD or placebo. Results suggested that CBD reduced anxiety in social anxiety disorder patients because it is related to CBD’s effects on activity in specific mood-altering brain areas.
The first clinical trial that studied the effects of CBD on human beings with pathological anxiety, as well as looking at its underlying brain mechanisms concluded that CBD can reduce the symptoms of anxiety in patients with SAD (social anxiety disorder). The research team, affiliated with the University of Sao Paulo, tested oral doses of CBD in ten participants in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, using oral doses and monitoring the anti-anxiety activity. Their conclusion stated, “CBD reduces anxiety in SAD and that this is related to its effects on activity in limbic and paralimbic brain areas.”
People that suffer from anxiety should only use medical cannabis products made from medical cannabis strains high in CBD. High THC strains may have the opposite desired effect and make one more anxious. The Cannabidiol products must contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to render them effective, o,5% to 2%, this is referred to as the entourage effect whereby all cannabinoids work in unison and when isolated have little to no effect. Hemp derived CBD products containing 0,025% or less THC are permitted to be sold legally in South Africa, but as the packaging clearly indicates, they are nutrient supplements.