Using Cannabis as an Alternative to Anti-Anxiety Medications
The Canadian Mental Health Association found that 53 percent of Canadians see anxiety and depression as a nationwide “epidemic.” And it’s no wonder why. A recent poll from Abacus Data and Yahoo! Canada reveals that 41 percent of Canadians struggle with anxiety while 63 percent of young adults have self-reported anxiety problems. Additionally, almost a third of the survey participants have been formally diagnosed with anxiety and prescribed with anti-depressants.
Benzodiazepine, a commonly prescribed drug for people with anxiety, carries a healthy amount of risk when used. Patients who take the drug often build up tolerance quickly. This, in turn, can lead to fatal overdose cases.
Fortunately, patients with anxiety have a variety of alternative treatments they can explore. Indica and Sativa strains, for instance, can help them handle their conditions better.
The Effects of THC and CBD
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) — the primary chemicals in marijuana — both show promise as a natural alternative to anti-anxiety medications.
A study in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that two puffs of any type of cannabis help relieve anxiety symptoms. A puff of cannabis strains with low THC and high CBD reduces depression symptoms. Meanwhile, at least 10 puffs of cannabis high in both CBD and THC significantly improve stress levels.
Although the two compounds show similar effectiveness, CBD is generally more accepted as an anti-anxiety treatment. THC’s link with the areas of the brain responsible for fear makes it likely to increase anxiety when taken in higher doses.
It’s more advisable to consult your doctor to figure out the proper dose and strain for optimal anxiety relief.
Different Cannabis Strains for Anxiety
Choosing the right strain is essential to address your specific health needs. Sativa strains are known for its THC content while Indica strains are high in CBD. Take note that each cannabis strain has unique effects, even those belonging to the same family.
Full Indica strains and Indica-Sativa hybrids with ample CBD content are recommended for anxiety:
- Amnesia Haze. This Sativa-leaning hybrid’s THC content is no small thing, so moderation is key to get the best anti-anxiety results. Aside from anxiety, Amnesia Haze can also help with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and fatigue. It boosts your mood and energy while also mellowing you out, thanks to the Indica in it.
- Girl Scout Cookies. Another Sativa-dominant hybrid, Girl Scout Cookies serve PTSD patients well. Its 60-40 ratio of Sativa and Indica makes it a go-to choice for patients with nausea, intense pain, and stress. Moreover, its effects are known to last longer than similar hybrids.
- White Widow. This classic strain creates an uplifting, full-bodied buzz. The White Widow is ideal for people struggling with anxiety, depression, and PTSD, although the potency of its THC content necessitates taking only small to average doses. This Sativa-dominant hybrid strain also improves sleep and relieves chronic pain.
Options for Medicating
The delivery method is a necessary consideration. Getting the full mental and physical benefits of medical marijuana depend on how you consume the product. Inhalation, as well as oral and topical administration, are the three basic delivery methods.
Inhalation provides the fastest results. Smoking is possibly the most popular method of using cannabis, whether medically or recreationally. A downside to smoking is the possible inhalation of tar and toxins harmful to your health, however. Fortunately, vaping offers an alternative inhalation delivery method — one that comes with fewer health risks.
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