ANXIETY AND CANNABIS

ANXIETY AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Research shows that medical marijuana can be very effective for anxiety. While antidepressants and therapy sessions are beneficial to some people, increasingly, medical marijuana is starting to become part of people’s treatment for anxiety. Medical marijuana is an all-natural remedy which helps to combat the endless worrying and nervousness that comes along with anxiety disorders.

Feeling anxious in stressful situations is completely normal. However, for some, anxiety occurs so often and with such force that it begins to interfere with everyday life. It can appear in many shapes and forms and can be difficult to recognize when anxiety develops into a disorder. People who experience anxiety disorders often feel overwhelmed and have a constant worry or fear that is traumatic.

  • Panic
  • Problems sleeping
  • Heart palpitations
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle tension
  • Cold sweats
  • Tingling

Anxiety Disorder Symptoms:

If this is happening to you and your anxiety is becoming uncontrollable, it may be time to take steps to help ease it. For some people, medical marijuana is a useful way to help ease their anxiety.

More information on how to get assessed for medical marijuana for anxiety at end of this page.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CBD AND THC

People suffering from anxiety are asked not to self medicate with recreational marijuana. CBD and THC are two natural compounds found in marijuana. Most often, recreational marijuana contains more THC rather than CBD. THC is more of a psychoactive compound, while CBD is not psychoactive according to a 2011 study.

Often times, it’s best to choose a strain of medical marijuana with higher concentration in CBD for medical purposes. THC is known to trigger the amygdala area of the brain which is responsible for fear, which can actually cause anxiety and paranoia.

However, both THC and CBD compounds together have many medical benefits which makes medical marijuana effective for treating anxiety.

A recent retrospective chart study of 72 adults at large mental health clinic in Colorado using 25 mg of non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) in capsule form primarily for anxiety found that 79.2% of them reported improvements. For those that remained the duration of the study the benefits continued. It went on to state that CBD appears to be better tolerated than routine psychiatric medications. Just 4.17% didn’t tolerate the medication well.

We’ve provided care to thousands of Canadians who live with anxiety. Based on those case studies we can work with you to find a product and delivery methods best suited to your individual needs.

HOW TO GET MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR ANXIETY

Assessment Appointment

If you would like to get assessed for medical marijuana for anxiety, you can choose to have your appointment in one of our clinics or, if you are a resident of Ontario, you can choose to be seen through our secure online video call service, Home Care.

Clinic Appointment

Have a physician complete this Physician Referral Form. If a physician referral is not attainable and you are over the age of 25, complete this Self-Referral Form.

The completed Physician/Self-Referral form can be emailed to [email protected] or faxed to 1-888-261-7116. You can see a list of our clinic locations here.

Online Home Care Appointment

You can book your own appointment immediately with Home Care. You do not need to fill out referral forms. Home Care appointments are $19.99 and give the benefit of having the appointment from the comfort of your home.

Free Cannabis Education Appointment

Still have questions about medical marijuana for anxiety? You can book a free cannabis education appointment with our secure online video call service, Home Care. You will be able to get advice and have your questions answered from our Cannabis Counsellors. Free cannabis education appointments are available for all provinces.