August 12, 2021

Podcast 54: Can Marijuana Help Anxiety

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3 Ways to Calm Anxiety

Joanne Williams, as a 30 years Mental Health Professional after Looking into studies, if components of Marijuana could help with Anxiety. She Does not support marijuana use or use of substances in general, since they are covering up symptoms, instead of resolving them.

I recommend finding ways to resolve your anxiety and get skills or strategies to reduce it without substances for a lifetime of better coping.

As a 30-year veteran therapist. I do get asked all the time, my views or opinions on this question.

I have taken seminars on this subject and the data came back that there is no clear evidence that Marijuana helps anxiety itself.

I think what is clear that is can make anxiety worse, since it is a hallucinogen, and can make you have see things, that are not “normal” or go on “trip” that can be very scary or create paranoia.

The other issues, I see is that brain development continues until age 25 in young adults, and any substance that affects the brain, can be detrimental.

This article goes into more details: Does marijuana help calm anxiety? Weighing the benefits and risks — and whether it’s right for you? By Madeline Kennedy- There is evidence that the CBD compound in marijuana may help treat some anxiety disorders, though research is limited.

Though many people report smoking weed to treat their anxiety, the drug could actually make anxiety symptoms worse for some people.

Research is scarce about how marijuana can affect anxiety symptoms like irritability, muscle tension, and excessive worrying. For some people, marijuana may even increase anxiety.

But a 2015 review of 40 preliminary studies on CBD found that this chemical may play a key role. The researchers said they found encouraging, preliminary results that concentrated doses of CBD oil, when taken regularly, could be an effective treatment for a host of anxiety disorders including:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Even if the restrictions on marijuana were lifted, and researchers could use it in their studies, there’s another problem.

Both anxiety disorders and marijuana sensations are individualized. So, marijuana may help one person with their anxiety but not another.

Someone with generalized anxiety disorder symptoms like difficulty sleeping may have a better reaction to marijuana than someone with panic disorder who fears losing control.

Even worse, using marijuana could enhance symptoms of anxiety for some people, says James Giordano, PhD, a professor of neurology and biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center.

“Some are overly sensitive to the ‘activating’ effects of THC, and this can induce anxiety, rather than reduce or relieve it,” Giordano says.

Latest research: A 2020 study found that higher-potency cannabis may increase the risk of anxiety associated with marijuana use.

This is by no means a replacement for therapy of any medical attention if you need it.  Always reach out and take care of yourself or if you are feeling like you want to hurt yourself, there is always someone standing by at 1800-273-8255 or call 911.

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