Anxiety and Cannabis
Most Doctors treat anxiety with prescription drugs like Klonopin, Xanax, and Valium, which all have high addiction rates. Pill addiction can result in a combination of; slurred speech, delayed reactions, depression, memory loss, lethargy, dizziness, and nausea, restlessness, paranoia, hallucinations, or aggression. Many become addicted and begin to suffer from life altering side effects.
What form of treatment is non-addictive?
Cannabis is currently being used as a non-addictive treatment of mental disorders and addiction. Kevin Sabet, the current Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and a professor of psychiatry, formerly a senior advisor to the White House National Drug and Control Policy, supports the concept that marijuana is a non-addictive form of treatment.
“Marijuana does not cause a person to become an addict any more than food causes a person to become a compulsive eater. The idea that marijuana damages the brains of young smokers, stunts intelligence, and makes people apathetic is a political construct with no scientific basis. Alienation and bleak prospects, not marijuana-smoking, are root causes of apathy.”
Doesn’t cannabis increase anxiety?
CBD has shown positive effects on disorders like depression, sleep disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia-related psychoses, and addictions like opioids, nicotine, cocaine, alcohol. Many people who suffe from General Anxiety Disorder tend to stay away from marijuana as a form of treatment. Cannabis with higher THC levels are known to cause panic attacks, paranoia, and increased anxiety.
How is this possible?
Consuming Indica strains that contain more CBD than THC has been found to help rid of anxiety. CBD receptors are present within areas of the brain that are known to control extensive symptoms of anxiety such as fear, sleep, irritability, stress, emotional behavior, and mood.
Documented studies dating back to 1982 have shown positive effects of CBD on anxiety. Eight volunteer subjects were provided with a mixture of CBD, THC, Valium, or a mixture of CBD and THC. The results showed that general anxiety was reduced for those provided with CBD. More recent studies have shown that doses of CBD can reduce high heart rate and blood pressure that are associated with irritability, stress, panic, public speaking anxiety, and general fears caused by anxiety.
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