Can Medical Cannabis Treat Anxiety?
09 / 13 / 19

Can Medical Cannabis Treat Anxiety?

Medical cannabis, also known as medical marijuana is used therapeutically to improve symptoms of physical maladies and psychological disorders. It has been effective for people suffering from chronic pain who report they finally get sufficient relief to allow them to return to a normal life. For emotional distress and psychological issues it is used as a powerful medicinal alternative to reduce anguish and sorrow. Medical patients firmly attribute to it the calming effect they experience when they are suffering from anxiety.

Stress VS. Anxiety

The first thing to understand when using cannabis to promote feelings of calm, is the difference between stress and anxiety.

  • Stress- this is the response to specific, troublesome situations, such as a highly challenging event at work or difficulty in a personal relationship. Cannabis can be very effective for temporarily pausing high-level emotions, which leads to a permanent resolution when the problems that led to the acute situation are addressed.
  • Anxiety- anxiety is more like a disorder, in the sense that worry and distress are generalized, seeming to arise from no specific cause. In this case, medical cannabis has been known to provide an overall sense of calm and well-being. This respite from the symptoms associated with anxiety, such as insomnia allows the person to regenerate and gain control over their emotions.

We tend to think that anxiety is undesirable, but it is actually a natural response that alerts us to potential threats that would harm us, or our loved ones. It can motivate us to take actions to avert the threat, but when we are not able to manage these natural reactions, we lose the ability to cope. It impacts our relationships, work and our normal functioning. In the U.S., over 10 million adults over the age of 18 have been clinically diagnosed with anxiety-related disorders. The traditional response has been to prescribe pharmaceuticals, which for some patients can have severely disturbing side effects.

Cannabis Helps Relieve Anxiety Conditions

Everyone has a different reaction to cannabis, so it is important that you schedule a consultation with us to discuss your symptoms. At Marijuana Doctor Now, our team of medical specialists and therapists can assist you with determining the best course of action to improve your quality of life.

Research on the subject of cannabis and stress reduction is ongoing, but in a 2018 survey, cannabis users reported that they used it as an alternative solution for a medical condition, with the top three conditions being anxiety, pain and depression. People that have opted to use it for anxiety described positive benefits for various disorders, including:

  • Disorders associated with panic
  • Social phobias
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Mild to moderate depression caused by anxiety

The Effect Of Cannabis On Anxiety-Related Physiology

Our brains produce a chemical called serotonin that is largely responsible for our feelings of well-being. Drug companies have developed medications that target the serotonin system, making it more available in the synaptic space of the patient's brain. Research conducted in Spain shows that cannabis is able to boost signaling through serotonin receptors faster than prescription drugs, without the detrimental side effects.

Research also indicates a smaller than normal hippocampus (the part of the brain responsible for memory formation and cognition) has appeared in brains scans of patients suffering from anxiety. Repeated administration of cannabis has shown the regeneration of new cells (neurons) in the hippocampus. It has also been found to significantly curtail objective anxiety indicators such as heart rate and blood pressure.

Schedule A Consultation

Our team of medical specialists would love to help you develop a personalized, clinical treatment plan. Your first step is requesting a consultation. When you visit our office, we walk you through the process of applying for your Florida marijuana card. Bring your state identification, or ask us for details if you are a new or temporary resident. It takes approximately 5 days to receive your approval from the state.

Medical cannabis provides a non-invasive option for anxiety, getting you on the track to well-being and effectively coping with the challenges of everyday life. Once you receive your approval, make sure to schedule an appointment with us to renew your license every 6 months which is required by state law every 7 months.