Treating anxiety with medical marijuana can be a complex process, and it comes down to the composition of a strain’s cannabinoids and terpenes that determine whether or not the plant will ease or exacerbate symptoms. While there isn’t a ton of research on medical marijuana for anxiety, the research that does exist has been positive. One study from 2017 found 40% of patients who used medical marijuana were able to ween off of their benzodiazepine anxiety medications.
Many suggest Indica strains, which tend to be more calming, are better at relieving anxiety symptoms, but to better understand which strains provide the best relief it is helpful to understand the precise cannabinoid and terpenoid makeup of the strain. When you understand the makeup of a strain, look for high-CBD strains for anxiety relief and avoid THC, which can actually produce feelings of anxiety and paranoia. CBD has been shown to counteract social anxiety disorder. Additionally, CBD can buffer against the side effects of THC, so that users can experience the relaxation and sedation that THC offers without experiencing the paranoia or anxiety it might induce. On the terpenoid end of the spectrum, researchers point to Myrcene as having the most powerful sedative anti-anxiety properties, but other terpenes that could help include linalool, beta-caryophyllene, and terpinolene.
When you begin to titrate your medical marijuana dosing regimen in the search for better relief, our app can guide the way. Document your regimen daily, and you’ll discover which changes are beneficial to your routine and which should be avoided. In turn, this information can be collected anonymously to help others determine a starting place in their own search for symptom relief. This information has been provided partially by Leaf Science. This post does not represent an endorsement on behalf of Leaf Science for CannaBest Medical.