Using Cannabis to Treat Anxiety

Posted on March 3rd 2019

I’m not going to lie. I get anxious sometimes. And stressed out.

I figure it comes with the territory of being a writer/solopreneur. And being human.

The Canadian government estimates that 3 million adult Canadians suffer from some sort of mood/anxiety disorder. So I know I’m not alone. Which definitely helps.

You know what also helps me? Exercise. Meditation. Leisure time with my friends and family.

And, of course, cannabis!

Why Cannabis Calms You Down

The endocannabinoid system is a network of chemical receptors in our body that helps us regulate our mood, anxiety and stress levels.

A little anxiety and stress are good. We need an alarm system that lets us know we’re in danger so that we can do what is necessary to protect ourselves.

But if that warning system is constantly going off, that’s a bad thing. We shouldn’t be fearful of danger when no actual danger is present (I know it may feel like everything is going wrong, especially if you read the news)!

When we ingest cannabis, the chemical compounds inside of it, known as cannabinoids, bind to the receptors in the endocannabinoid system and help it regulate the body. This is the reason that cannabis can be used to treat a wide spectrum of illnesses and disorders, including anxiety.

Cannabis Microdosing for Anxiety

Before going any further, it is recommended you speak with your physician before beginning a cannabis regimen to treat anxiety, especially if you’re already taking medication. You want to avoid any potentially negative interactions.

People might be wary of the idea of using cannabis to treat chronic anxiety, especially if you have a job and need to be clear and level-headed.

This is a valid concern. You want to take the edge off, but you don’t want to be floating to the moon.

Which is why you may need to consider microdosing.

Microdosing is just what it sounds like. It means dosing with very small amounts of THC -  not enough to send you into the stratosphere, but enough so that you can keep the anxiety at bay.

How much should that be? Well, it depends on the person; between 5 mg to 10 mg is a suggested dose for a novice user. More experienced users may need more.

CBD and Anxiety

I’ve written before about how CBD can be used to treat anxiety. There are hemp-based CBD products that don’t contain any THC at all. I’ve personally never tried them myself, so I can’t tell you much about them, but it has become a booming industry, so it may be worth checking into for yourself.

Many people gravitate towards products that have a pretty even CBD:THC ratio, like 2:1 or 1:1. This combination allows you to be calm and clear-headed, but still gives a little kick of euphoria.

Have you ever used cannabis to treat anxiety? I want to hear your stories, so please share them in the comment section below.

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