Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.
People often experience a general state of worry or fear before confronting something challenging such as a test, examination, recital, or interview. These feelings are easily justified and considered normal. Anxiety is considered a problem when symptoms interfere with a person’s ability to sleep or otherwise function.
Studies show that the endocannabinoid system, the body’s natural cannabinoid system – plays a major role in regulating anxiety. Cannabinoid receptors are the binding sites of cannabinoids and are highly concentrated in certain parts of the brain that are responsible for anxiety.
Interestingly, studies show that patients experience higher levels of anxiety when cannabinoid receptors are blocked by drugs such as anti-anxiety medications. Likewise, regular medical cannabis users report that marijuana helps to reduce their anxiety levels.
Research has also linked the endocannabinoid system to the extinction of bad memories thus supporting medical marijuana potential role in treating post-traumatic stress disorder as well as the growth of new brain cells (neurogenesis), which is believed to improve anxiety levels.
Gain an in-depth understanding of the science behind marijuana in Cannabis Science.
People that suffer from anxiety should not take medical cannabis including cannabis oils high in THC. CBD Oil is non-psychoactive and best for treating anxiety. For people suffering from pain related ailments/conditions, such as Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and MS should rather take a combination of THCA and CBD. THCA is relatively non-psychoactive and thus safe for people that suffer from anxiety. Search for conditions in our Treatment Guidelines.
Tinctures are best suited as they allow for micro-dosing throughout the day. Visit our Product Guide for recommended products.