By Guest Writer Jessica Smith,
Marijuana has become a popular topic of debate in various health forums and platforms over the past few years. The health benefits of this age-old weed get clearer each day with new studies. Some of the suggested remedies include chronic pain management, alleviating post-cancer symptoms, mental health conditions, and cardiovascular health, among others. Both medical and recreational marijuana is legal in Canada. In the US, CBD products that contain less than 0.3% THC are legal. Some states also approve the prescription of medical marijuana by a professional. Here is a look at six ways you can use cannabis to bring down your anxiety but first, an overview of how it works.
How it works
Marijuana can potentially provide temporary relief from anxiety and depression symptoms. According to studies, the cannabinoids in marijuana interacts with the CBD 1 and CBD 2 receptors in your body to influence various body functions. These receptors are part of the human ECS (endocannabinoid system) which regulates mood, appetite, sleep, emotional reactions, and several other synapses. Marijuana also contains THC that provides its typical euphoric and psychoactive effects. You can buy weed online and have it delivered to your doorstep. Since you are using marijuana to treat a medical condition such as GAD (general anxiety disorder), it is recommendable to follow your doctor’s prescription.
How to use marijuana for anxiety
1. Vaping and smoking
Smoking a joint containing marijuana is the traditional and conventional way. However, the last few years have seen vaping devices become popular. Vaping pens can quickly heat marijuana concentrates, waxes, and even dry herb. The great thing with vaping is you do not have to smoke THC if you do not want the psychoactive effects. You can get pure CBD concentrates that are non-psychoactive and highly effective in soothing your anxiety. If you are smoking dry herb and flower, you will likely get high from the THC. Some strains, such as death bubba contain up to 27% THC, which can be very useful for muscle relaxation and deep sleep. Vaping and smoking result in immediate effects.
2. Oral oils and tinctures
CBD oil and tinctures offer another option when looking for ways to use marijuana for anxiety. According to studies, CBD can help to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. Tinctures generally come in small bottles with a delivery pipette that drops the oil under the tongue. Oral application of CBD and marijuana products offers fast-action usually within 20 – 40 minutes. Most CBD oil products include a carrier oil such as coconut, hemp seed, or MCT oil. You can also find other ingredients such as vinegar, vegetable glycerin alcohol, ethanol, and artificial flavoring. Therefore, it is essential to read the label carefully.
Edibles are cannabis-infused foods and can include gummies, brownies, and CBD bars as well as oils. For instance, you can add CBD oil to smoothies, coffee, other beverages, and baked food. Remember not to overheat the oil to avoid changes in taste. Since your body has to digest and absorb the nourishment, marijuana edibles may take up to 2 hours before the effects kick in. It is essential to pay close attention to measurement when dealing with edibles, especially baked foods. Whether you are using marijuana seeds oil or gummies, make sure you consume only enough to reduce your anxiety symptoms.
4. CBD-infused yoga
CBD-infused yoga and meditation is another effective way to use marijuana products for anxiety. Yoga by itself improves your circulation, fitness, self-awareness, and confidence. Both yoga and meditation promote mental health and can help you reduce anxiety symptoms. Infusing CBD into these practices can help improve focus, concentration, and relaxation. If you rely on yoga and meditation practices to relieve your nervousness, you can try using CBD in any form during your sessions for added medical benefits.
5. Topicals and sprays
According to studies, CBD and cannabis lotions and creams can treat sore muscles, inflammation, and arthritic pain, among others. Instead of absorption via the bloodstream, topical application targets the endocannabinoid receptors that occur under the skin. This makes creams and lotions ideal for targeting pain in a specific area. You can try a topical application to help you achieve relaxation. It also acts as a nerve tonic.
6. Transdermal patches
Skin patches or transdermal patches are simply small adhesives that can consistently deliver CBD and other cannabis products through the skin. There are two main types of patches. The first is matrix transdermal patches infused with CBD in the adhesive layer. The second is reservoir skin patches containing a small CBD reservoir with a gel carrier. They are both ideal, although reservoir patches offer more control so you can get a steady supply and monitor your improvement.
Using marijuana to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and other mental health conditions is not a new practice. Marijuana products such as CBD oil have shown great promise in mood elevation, relaxation, sleep, and appetite. Marijuana also offers anti-inflammation and pain relief, among other medicinal benefits. However, you should acknowledge that most suggestions tout marijuana as a complementary treatment. You can combine it with therapy and actual medication for the best results. More importantly, choose high-quality marijuana and products from reputable retailers.
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