Every adult at one time or another has felt stressed. The most awful thing about stress and anxiety is it often starts with something very small, which appears, in the beginning, to be manageable, but turns into something very different. And if you can’t try and relax or have methods to help you, it can often start overtaking every aspect of your life. Stress and anxiety can rob you of your peace of mind, also reduce your ability to function on a day-to-day basis, and eventually lead to depression. Research finds cannabis for stress and anxiety can be helpful.
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a sense of worry or fear. Of course on a daily basis, having a low level of anxiety is normal. However, what isn’t normal is when you have persistent anxiety that interferes with what you do and functioning doing basic tasks. There are a number of different anxiety disorders that are clinically recognized. These include post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder.
What Can Stress And Anxiety Do?
Stress and anxiety can impact your life with a variety of other health issues. Why? Because stress weakens your immune system and brain function. A survey published by Yahoo News-Marist in 2017, revealed 37 percent claimed stress relief as the reason for using cannabis. Stress is a killer. According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to the following six causes of death:
Cirrhosis of the liver
How Can Cannabis Help?
It’s no secret cannabis can work as an effective relaxant. The majority of cannabis consumers will tell you marijuana helps with “relaxation.” So a way many people are dealing with stress and anxiety is by using cannabis. But how does this work? There is currently a lot of research being done into cannabis, and the benefits of using it are only just beginning to be discovered. A lot of people don’t really understand how it can potentially help you.
What Is In Cannabis Which Helps Relieve Anxiety and Stress? Marijuana has a number of different compounds that are called cannabinoids. These attach to various receptors in the brain when someone uses it. Like when you drink different types of drinks with varying levels of alcohol, different types of marijuana and varying strains have different levels of these compounds. This means they can affect each person differently. It is believed it is cannabidiol (CBD) that can be most useful in treating anxiety and stress. But what a lot of people don’t realize is, the CBD itself doesn’t produce the high. This can actually be taken on its own as an extract. So you don’t have to smoke or ingest marijuana. Here we take a look at some of the reported benefits of using cannabis and CBD for stress and anxiety relief.
Does Marijuana Relax You?
A study conducted last year by the University of Chicago’s Department of Psychiatry Behavioral Neuroscience and published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, revealed too much cannabis in one go can actually make you more stressed. However, if you have a low dose of THC, it can give you a more relaxed state. The 42 volunteers on the study, between the ages of 18 and 40, were all familiar with cannabis but not using it daily.
5 Tips On How To Use Cannabis To Combat Stress And Anxiety
- Use CBD: CBD – which is the non-psychoactive compound that is found in the cannabis plant alongside THC, research has revealed it to have several stress-busting properties. According to reports, it is calming and anti-inflammatory. CBD research also reveals it can be used to treat spasms and seizures.
- Take A Note Of The Terpenes: Cannabis plants have aromatic oils in them called terpenes. If you live in a legalization state, try and take note of the terpene profile of your bud. There are two terpenes that help with stress – Caryophyllene and Linalool.
- Try Micro-dosing: When it comes to cannabis, more doesn’t always mean better. A way to consume now is micro-dosing, as it means you can manage the buzz, reap the benefits and not get that feeling of being too high. A recommendation is to start at 2.5mg. However this is, of course, subjective, and really can differ from person to person.
- Go Smoke-Free: Many people who are health-minded cannabis users are now using smoke-free ways to consume. Vaporizing concentrates and extracts such as live resin with a vape pen is now very popular. This can also be vaporizing the flower itself or ingesting THC in a number of different ways, including in a food item, tincture, cream, oil or capsule.
- Be Mindful Of Your Environment: What you need to remember is marijuana and anxiety can often go hand-in-hand in some people. If you are one of them, then the chances are you will not have a pleasant or relaxing experience if you use it. In fact, your experience could potentially be the opposite. There are those who feel Marijuana can bring symptoms of anxiety or can even heighten existing anxiety. This can often happen if you use it in a situation that isn’t pleasant, or if you are trying to conceal your use of the drug.
There is a school of thought a lot of this anxiety can stem from your situation, and state of mind when you use cannabis. Always try and find a comfortable place that makes you feel at ease when you are going to use cannabis for stress and anxiety relief. Your environment can have a big impact on how you respond. Some people like to sit on the sofa. Others choose TV. A hot bath can also be a good choice. Make sure it is somewhere you can be as relaxed as possible.
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