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Marijuana and Anxiety



Marijuana and Anxiety Top 7 QuestionsMJ_ANX.png


  1. What is Anxiety?
  2. What Factors Contribute to Anxiety?
  3. What Should You Know About Using Marijuana to Treat Anxiety?
  4. How  Does THC and Brain Chemistry Work?
  5. How Does THC and CBD Affect Anxiety?
  6. Does Marijuana Cause Anxiety?
  7. Best Strains for Anxiety Relief



Will Marijuana help with anxiety? How? Which Marijuana strains seem to work the best? Have you asked or been asked questions like these? Be assured there are many Stoners just like you asking these very questions.


Today, Major health organizations and medical professionals doing cannabinoid research have helped people find ways to control and even at times cure the conditions they live with. 

Cancer, Crohn's disease, and Epilepsy are just a couple of the life-threatening medical conditions that Marijuana is proving to help greatly.


People with PTSD, eating disorders, anxiety and many other issues are also finding relief through Marijuana.

People are finding out that marijuana works for a wide variety of conditions and realizing the medicinal benefits of cannabis.


What is Anxiety:


Anxiety is a condition that touches more than three million lives each year, from kids to seniors and while teens and elderly who live alone tend to be the most at risk to suffer from this condition no one is immune.

There are different types of anxiety. Panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder are a few of the more common types of anxiety. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from anxiety, seek medical attention if possible. Talk to your doctor and have them run tests to see if you have any chemical imbalances that can be corrected vitamin D, and B are very important in your body when it comes to mental health.


Some people find Marijuana a great way to help them fight and treat their anxiety.


What Factors Contribute to Anxiety


  • Medical conditions
  • Genetics
  • Chemical imbalances
  • Work or Lack of
  • School
  • Social settings


What You Should Know About Using Marijuana to Treat Anxiety:


The first thing you should know about weed is that while it may help anxiety, it can also trigger it.


Marijuana has been known to trigger paranoia and anxiety in some people. Sativa dominant strains seem to cause this effect much more often than Indica dominant strains of marijuana.


How Does THC and Brain Chemistry Work:


THC and the brain work together using chemicals like anandamide and serotonin.. Cannabis works with so many different conditions thanks to the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and its receptors. CB1 and CB2 receptors work to help facilitate two-way communication between nerves and cells.


THC is known to trigger anandamide production in the brain. Anandamide is also called the “bliss molecule” and found in chocolate. Hence why chocolate makes most people so happy. THC is also a neuroprotectant.


How Does THC and CBD Affect Anxiety:


THC and CBD are both compounds found in cannabis. They both have an effect on anxiety. Especially, when you mix them together. The mixing of cannabinoids like THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, and others results in the entourage effect or a synergy that can provide optimum results.

THC is known to be an appetite stimulant, a pain reliever, a sedative, an anti-inflammatory, and much more.


CBD (cannabidiol) seems to be at the center of many of the studies pointing to a reduction of anxiety. CBD holds many of the same benefits plus some like being an antipsychotic, anti-convulsant, and it helps build strong bones.


Both CBD and THC are proving to help people with anxiety. Many people are having great success with CBD when it comes to helping them control their anxiety. Studies like “Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for AnxietyDisorders” show CBD to be extremely beneficial.


Here are some of the things CBD is showing potential at helping:


  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Mild to moderate depression
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Social phobia
  • Panic disorder
  • Social phobia


Does Marijuana Cause Anxiety:

Lets look back at where we began to talk about MJ and Anxiety....



What You Should Know About Using Marijuana to Treat Anxiety:


The first thing you should know about weed is that while it may help anxiety, it can also trigger it.


Marijuana has been known to trigger paranoia and anxiety in some people. Sativa dominant strains seem to cause this effect much more often than Indica dominant strains of marijuana.


Some people suggest that marijuana may cause anxiety rather than preventing it. They are not entirely wrong.  People are unique, Each person’s chemistry is and experiences are slightly different. 


If you think that marijuana doesn’t help anxiety just ask someone who uses marijuana too treat their own anxiety Or, ask one of the many marijuana users that are military veterans that live with PTSD and anxiety every day of their lives.


Perhaps this is what’s changing the minds of America and other countries. Maybe it’s all the children, moms, and dads, that are illegally alive thanks to Marijuana.


Best Strains for Anxiety Relief:


Cannabis tends to react to each person’s body chemistry a little bit differently. Perhaps that’s why there is a plethora of different cannabis strains. Consumers buy indica, sativa, and hybrid cannabis strains.


Sativa tends to have perky uplifting effects to the body and is known to spark creativity. For someone with anxiety suffering a panic attack, that’s not good. It’s a good idea to try sativa strains at home to see how they affect you first if you have anxiety.


Indica cannabis strains are known for their strong medicinal effects, calming being one of them. This makes them a favorite for those with anxiety. These strains also tend to have very high THC percentages. Hybrid cannabis strains contain a mix of both indica and sativa cannabis. They are for the person that needs a little up and a little down.



You may want to try these strains if you’re looking for help with your anxiety:


  • Girl Scout Cookies
  • Sugar Black Rose
  • The Purps
  • GG #4
  • Sensi Star



MJ_ANX2.pngWhile Marijauna isn’t the cure-all for everything, it has already helped many people with multiple symptoms and conditions. Learning how weed affects you and how your body reacts to certain strains is vital when looking to develop a treatment plan.


Talking with a doctor that understands cannabis is always advised. If you suffer from anxiety, cannabis could be just what you need to help you get that anxiety under control.



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Good info, brother! You are a talented author!


I haven't suffered from mj triggered anxiety for quite a while.  But sometimes, seemingly out of nowhere, I'd get shaky and afraid to interact with others. I'd have to break that mental feedback loop that turns mild anxiety into a bummer. Had to do than now and then with certain psychedelics, too. Ya get on that downward spiral where your thoughts feed into the anxiety by fearing the anxiety. Then Winston Churchill's advice about having nothing to fear but fear itself becomes ridiculously impotent. But letting go has always been the key for me. Unfortunately, doing so is usually easier said than done. Nerve jangling substances, situations, people, moods, etc, seem to be my chief passports to anxiety. So I try to limit my exposure to them.

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