Anecdotal evidence on marijuana’s effectiveness in treating anxiety net positive, with many experiencing the virtual disappearance of their worries. Medical marijuana patients in states with legal access have the opportunity to select a quality strain that best treats their symptoms. But what kind of marijuana should you look for?
Ultimately, those who experience increased anxiety with marijuana are usually using the wrong strain. THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the “active ingredient” in marijuana. THC is responsible for the high effects of marijuana.
Due to its popularity recreationally, most marijuana available today is rich in THC, which can amplify anxiety if consumed in large doses. This is because THC works by activating the amygdala at the base of the brain. The amygdala is responsible for the body’s reactive decision making. In new consumers, the body can misconstrue the sudden activity levels in the amygdala as a signal to activate the brain’s fight-or-flight response, triggering anxiety. This is why it is important to select strains with higher CBD, or cannabidiol.
High CBD strains provide all of the anti-anxiety benefits without any psychoactive “stoned” feelings. CBD lessens the undesirable high feeling, and strains have been developed for the most sensitive of patients– even children.
The strain Charlotte’s Web offers few noticeable cognitive changes, but adequately treats all illnesses responsive to medical marijuana. For those who take pleasure in medicating, Harlequin offers a more balanced approach and a delightful earthy mango flavor profile. The Indica connoisseur would enjoy the floral fusion of Cannatonic and Afghan Skunk known as Remedy. Remedy offers no body effects and no head high, making it perfect for active patients.
When treated properly, patients using marijuana for their anxiety flourish and enjoy a higher quality of life. This safe, effective treatment is as easy as getting your medical card and visiting your local dispensary.
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