Cannabis, CBD & Reducing Anxiety

Cannabis, CBD, and Reducing Anxiety

We can all feel a little anxious sometimes. It’s part of the human condition, it seems. Can you use cannabis or CBD to reduce mild, everyday anxiety? A number of wellness-seeking cannabis and CBD enthusiasts think so. There are many reasons why people use cannabis and CBD. A reduction in anxiety is often cited as one of the top reasons.

What is known about cannabis, CBD and anxiety?

Anxiety is one of those words we should all be careful using when talking about cannabis. Why? Anxiety disorders are a set of real and diagnose-able and treatable medical conditions.  If you have an anxiety disorder or suspect you might, please talk to your doctor and seek medical advice on what treatment option might be best for you.

If we’re just talking about mild, everyday anxiety, then cannabis or CBD may be able to help. Studies suggest that CBD has considerable potential for treating anxiety disorders, but more work needs to be done to draw any conclusions.

The use of cannabis and CBD to relieve anxiety, however, can be tricky.  Why? Although there are those who claim it can help reduce anxiety, it is also true that feelings of paranoia, stress, and greater anxiety are among the side effects commonly reported by cannabis users. A handful of studies have linked CBD side effects to diarrhea, changes in appetite and weight, and fatigue, or drowsiness.

Given this possible contradiction with cannabis products, it’s important to be careful about which products you choose, how you ingest them, and the dose you take.

So which product, strain, formulation, dose, and ingestion method should you choose?

Unfortunately, no one really knows for sure. Because of the federal prohibition on the use of cannabis, the scientific community lacks rigorous, experimentally controlled studies examining the effects of cannabis. As such, we don’t really have the answers we need.

What is suspected to be true?

If you’re researching cannabis as a tool to help reduce anxiety, a common distinction you’ll see is between products containing THC and those containing CBD.

THC is the compound responsible for getting you high, while CBD is more well-known for containing wellness and healing compounds.

Some claim that THC works best to reduce their anxiety because of the light, care-free feeling it can induce, while others experience worsened anxiety when using it. CBD, on the other hand, is widely regarded as having some of the same benefits, but without the same side effects.

It’s also possible that a combination of THC and CBD could be the most effective, as evidenced by the fact that hybrid products with varying ratios of cannabinoids are growing in popularity.

You’ll also see people suggesting that certain terpenes found in the cannabis plant could also have an anxiety-reducing effect. It could be that the linalool or beta-caryophyllene present in cannabis could help. But, again, no one knows for sure yet.

According to a 2019 study by New Frontier Data, cannabis users cited anxiety reduction as the third most common reason for their use. That doesn’t mean it will work for you, though.

It’s also widely believed that dose has an impact as well. When it comes to THC, a smaller dose is thought to help with anxiety – while a larger dose is thought to cause it. 

Ultimately, many individuals are exploring the use of CBD as an everyday alternative to pharmaceutical anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. These lab-created formulas have shown in numerous studies that they carry side effects that can greatly impact an individual’s day-to-day like insomnia or sexual dysfunction. 

If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you experience some mild, everyday anxiety, and you’re curious if cannabis or CBD can help you. How do you find out?

Getting Answers With Jointly

Jointly is Your Cannabis Companion – a smartphone app that answers your important questions by aggregating experiences from a community of users just like you. Jointly is safe, secure, private, unbiased, and easy to use. Jointly only includes legal and licensed products from legal and licensed brands.

Jointly can help you identify the best products for reducing your anxiety, based on real experiences of other people, like you, with the same goals.

Then, Jointly helps you learn how to use those products to their full potential. You can determine your optimal dose, minimize any side effects, and learn how the quality of your cannabis experience can be impacted by sleep, hydration, exercise, diet, and more.

We hope you get the results you deserve. And, be sure to learn about the steps you can take to increase your odds of success.

And, if you have any feedback or ideas for improving Jointly, please let us know. We’re here to help, but also to learn.


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