Cannabis and Anxiety: What You Need to Know

Anxious about how cannabis and anxiety interact? Take a deep breath and take a read as we break down the key facts.

Feb 12, 2015 - HERB

Some bud makes people anxious and unsettled, while other strains can soothe and relax them. So which is it? Does cannabis cause anxiety, or relieve it? Take a look here to find out.

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How Marijuana Affects Anxiety

By The Stoner's Cookbook

Anxious about how cannabis and anxiety interact? Take a deep breath and take a read as we break down the key facts.

  • Anxiety Varies From Strain to Strain

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Some people use bud to relieve anxiety while others state that it makes them more anxious. The fact is that it all depends on THC and CBD levels, both of which vary in each strain.

  • THC vs. CBD

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    THC is known for that 'high' feeling, while also activating an area of the brain responsible for fear. CBD is believed to counteract the mind-altering effects of THC and on its own can lower anxiety.

  • Types of Cannabis and Anxiety

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The way CBD and THC are produced within bud causes strains with high THC to have less CBD and vice versa. Cannabis also contains compounds known as terpenes, which possess anti-anxiety properties.

  • THC and the Brain

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    THC in marijuana interacts with type 1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. These receptors often help control anxiety and stress and weed can calm these receptors down.

  • Overuse May Inhibit Receptors

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Though marijuana works through these receptors to reduce anxiety, excessive use can inhibit their sensitivity. Finding balance is key, especially since more THC can increase anxiety.

  • Avoiding Anxiety While Using Cannabis

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Less THC = less anxiety. Though some studies suggest THC at low doses can have an anti-anxiety effect, there is a certain threshold that, when hit, causes anxiety to rise. Find what works for you.

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