Approximately 18% of Americans and 14% of Europeans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders come in many different forms, all of which involve excessive worrying, uneasiness, apprehension and fear. Social anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder(OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) all fall under the category of anxiety disorders.
The use of cannabis in the treatment of anxiety disorders was first described by ancient Indian medical literature, which said that cannabis helped its user to be “delivered from all worries and care” (Da Orta 1563).
Studies showed that the body’s natural cannabinoid system plays a major role in regulating anxiety. Cannabinoid receptors are highly concentrated in certain parts of the brain that are responsible for anxiety, including the amygdala and hypothalamus. Likewise, a study published by the Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, discovered cannabinoid receptors in the emotional core of the brain, the one that is related to anxiety and the body’s response towards stress.
Also in several experiments with patients who were experiencing high levels of anxiety and treating them with pharmaceutical drugs the exams showed that their cannabinoid receptors were blocked. In other hand, regular high CBD oil users report that marijuana helped to reduce their anxiety levels because it stimulate the cannabinoid system.
Is a fact that when a person is suffering from anxiety the production of endocannabinoids decrease.
Dosage of Marijuana Treatment for Anxiety
Studies have revealed that marijuana’s THC effect can vary depending on the dosage.
Using marijuana in higher doses may increase anxiety. In this case, marijuana tend to attenuate its effectiveness on the cannabinoids receptors in the brain. In other hand, anxiety attacks after consuming marijuana are most commonly reported in new and infrequent users.
Marijuana actually helps to reduce their anxiety levels in regular cannabis users.
When using medical marijuana treatment for anxiety is recommended to use cannabis with lower levels of THC and higher levels of CBD. The CBD has many medicinal qualities without the psychoactive effect. It also helps to balance the effect of THC, which is more psychoactive.
Types of Marijuana Treatment for Anxiety
Marijuana is the common name for the buds from the female plant Cannabis Sativa. This plant has three different varieties: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis. It’s also common to find hybrids between this types of cannabis. All of this strains have some similar effects. They all can help treating pain and nausea, improve sleep and reduce muscle spasm.
The type of marijuana that is recommended to treat anxiety is Cannabis Indica or hybrid-indica.
The primary effects of indica strains are on the body. This strain tend to produce sedate feeling, therefore most of the users prefer to consume it at nighttime. Among its therapeutic qualities the indica strain provides relaxation and reduce stress.
Some examples of popular indicas are: Northern Light, OG Kush, Critical Mass, G-13, Chronic and Mango.