Cannabis for Anxiety

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Photo Credit: Nick Youngson http://nyphotographic.com/

Cannabis may be able to treat anxiety and the physical symptoms that accompany it. One reason for this may be because the amygdala, a part of the brain that is involved in regulating anxiety, contains receptors from our endocannabinoid system that can bind with the cannabinoids found in cannabis. A group of Vanderbilt University researchers found when the body is stressed of has experienced emotional trauma, it reduces its production of cannabinoids. The cannabinoids from cannabis can help replenish the depleted natural cannabinoids.

Another study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found our endocannabinoid system is a buffer for emotional responses, so that when cannabinoid receptors are activated, they can produce the appropriate response, and even erase bad memories. Another study from the same journal found patients with social anxiety disorder who were given CBD experienced a reduction in anxiety due to a change in blood flow to the brain's limbic system, which is responsible for controlling emotions. CBD's anxiolytic benefits can also block the effects of THC that cause paranoia and anxiety. 

This information has been provided by Health MJ and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.