How Medicinal Marijuana Helps Relieve Stress and Anxiety

 Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

People have long claimed marijuana may be able to relieve stress and help those who suffer from anxiety, but we are now living in a time when scientific research is beginning to back up and provide insight into these anecdotal experiences. One study conducted by Vanderbilt University was among the first to discover a direct correlation between marijuana use and temporary effects on the amygdala in mice. The amygdala sits in the temporal lobe and is responsible for many key functions, one of which is anxiety. The amygdala is responsible for panic attacks and unease, so targeting this area of the brain is crucial in combatting anxiety. 

Another study coming out of the National Institute of Health, the University of Calgary, and Rockefeller University, suggests that a reasonable dose of medical marijuana can reduce the symptoms associated with stress and anxiety, even for anxiety disorders. The study attributes this effect to medical marijuana's ability to regulate and modulate abnormal brain levels that contribute to stress and anxiety. 

That being said, some caution is recommended as medical marijuana does not work the same for everyone, and certain medical marijuana strains could actually exacerbate symptoms of anxiety. This information has been provided by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.