Imagine yourself standing in front of an auditorium full of listeners you have never seen before. Everyone is staring at you. You heart is beating fast, your thoughts are a mess, your tongue is not complying, your hands are shaking, and you do not have enough courage to even say the first word. You can do nothing but gasp for air. Is this familiar to you? Such panic attacks are not rare. Anxiety follows us everywhere. Its symptoms vary from patient to patient but have something in common: the feeling of terror. Usually, patients are prescribed specific medication, but they have unpleasant side effects like fatigue and dry mouth. Among all, thoughts about suicide is the most serious side effect of anxiety medicine. Nowadays, people are searching for an alternative treatment for this disease, and it is cannabis.
We have good news for you! After a couple of studies, researchers have come to the conclusion that medical marijuana has to be perceived as a promising solution to the current problems with anxiety. There is clear evidence that many centuries ago, native populations used marijuana as a painkiller and stress reliever. For example, the powerful Chinese Emperor Shen Neng used cannabis to relief seizures in 2737 BC. The history is so full of references to the “magic” properties of marijuana that even Carl Sagan himself in 1977 claimed that hemp was the first crop planted by humanity, and it played a vital role in the development of the civilization.
Marijuana and anxiety: how does it work?
You have definitely heard about tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active component of marijuana, which brings you the high feeling. But are you familiar with cannabidiol (CBD)? It is also one of the main cannabis components, but unlike THC, it does not cause the euphoric feeling or a tangled mind. The scientists have discovered that cannabis has the ability to regulate anxiety by binding to the receptor sites that regulate fear and anxiety. As the number of states with legalized medical marijuana rises every year, it will be no wonder if cannabis becomes the only effective treatment for anxiety prescribed by professional doctors.