Everyone deals with anxiety at some point in their lives; however, a significant portion of the population report experiencing it at overwhelming levels. It can be difficult to know where to turn if you’re experiencing crippling anxiety. Although it is not a substitute for other anxiety treatments, studies do indicate that marijuana use might help manage symptoms on a short-term basis.
Research on the full effects of medical marijuana to curb anxiety is ongoing; however, the current findings indicate that it works best on a short-term basis or to help manage overwhelming symptoms. Effects vary based on individual situations, including the products used and the severity of the anxiety. For example, you might experience high but still manageable symptoms, while someone else might experience complete relief on the same dosage. Other people actually experience heightened anxiety when trying marijuana. Like any medication, it might take some trial and error before you find the right product and dosage for you.
If you’re trying marijuana for the first time, start slow until you know how specific products affect you. Remember, some people experience adverse reactions and other side effects when they try marijuana. Start out with a product that contains only CBD or a much higher concentration of CBD over THC. Higher levels of THC tend to make anxiety worse. Ask the professionals at your dispensary if you’re not sure where to begin. Begin with a low dose and give it plenty of time to work before trying more. It might take some time before you determine the right dose for you.
You should also consider that addiction and dependence are possible with marijuana, so it’s important to monitor your use closely. Smoking and vaping marijuana can also lead to lung irritation and breathing problems in some people.
If you struggle with crippling anxiety, your first step should be to seek the advice of your physician. Your doctor can advise you on the severity of your symptoms and help you determine the proper course of treatment. If you’re already taking medication to help with anxiety, a doctor can help you gauge how marijuana might interact with these medications. In the state of California, you must have a doctor’s recommendation if you want to purchase marijuana from a dispensary and are between the ages of 18 and 21. If you are over the age of 21, you need a valid government-issued ID. If you’re new to marijuana and aren’t sure how different products will affect you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our professionals for assistance!