It is said that about 18% of Americans suffer from some form of Anxiety disorder.
From that 18%, at least 7% have used or been prescribed highly addictive Benzodiazepine based medications before the age of 18.
These numbers may not seem like a big deal, until you consider the current pharmaceutical drug epidemic.
Also, for most young adults dealing with Anxiety is just a small piece of the pie. Anxiety is usually accompanied by other symptoms that can make a normal day seem unbearable.
Symptoms associated with Anxiety:
- Physical : Tight muscles, restless limbs, nervous shakes, more..
- Mental : Obsessive compulsive disorders, paranoia, depression, mood swings and more..
Because of all these symptoms, most anxiety sufferers are also prescribed a handful of other pharmaceuticals. Anyone of these medications can cause serious side effects as well addiction.
Modern Anxiety medications include a list of harmful and addictive drugs like:
MAOIs, Beta Blockers, SSRIs, Antidepressants
Makes you wonder why the Federal government would oppose medical marijuana?
Todays drug epidemic is proof that, real gateway drugs are only available by prescription
Cannabis for Anxiety
There is a large body of research that shows how effective marijuana is for treating anxiety, depression, nerves, etc,. But until recently, the exact compounds haven’t been discovered.
Today we know that the cannabinoid, Cannabidiol (CBD) is responsible for easing and treating all sorts of mental and physical conditions.
CBD is also doesn’t have the same “High” like side effects that are associated with THC.
This makes CBD a safer alternative to Xanax
If you are thinking about using CBD to help with anxiety, there is something you have to know…
How to Use CBD for Anxiety
Since CBD does not get you high, it is legal in most states. Usually sold as an extract in liquid or oil form, you can buy CBD oil online.But, will these “legal” CBD oils work for you?
A lot of people have tried the to use Cannabidiol in this manner without success, why is that?
Its the same reason all synthetic cannabinods fail to produce the same effects as natural cannabinoids.
Cannabis contains a very complex network of cannabinionds. Some have estimated that there are over 200 cannabinoids in marijuana.
In order for Medical marijuana to work effectively, these cannabinoids most work in conjunction with each other.
Cannabidiol needs THC to work
If you have already tried to use CBD oil for Anxiety, but it didn’t work for you, here is why.
CBD is not as effective without THC present to some degree. THC is a restricted compound, that cannot be sold of transported across any state lines.
The CBD oils and extracts that are sold ” legally” over the Internet cannot legally contain any THC.
Stripping it of most if not all medicinal benefits.
The reason why THC is needed is not really know, but some studies suggest THC increases the absorption of cannabinoids.
CBD to THC Ratio
There is no magic ratio, the amount of THC to CBD needed is a matter of preference and needs.
If you tolerate THC well, you may decide to go with a 1:1 ratio. But if you are trying to avoid the High effects of marijuana, a ratio of 20:1 will work.
THC at higher doses can also trigger anxiety
There are a number of ill effects you can face when ingesting THC. One of which is Anxiety and depression.
You can easily avoid these issues by smoking weed or vaping a strain thats low in THC but high in CBD.
Best Strains for Treating Anxiety
If you happen to live in a state that has legalized Medical Marijuana, getting the right strain should be easy.
Ever since discovering the benefits Cannabidiol (CBD), growers have be producing strains higher in CBD.
Charlotte’s Web was the first strain cultivated strictly for this purpose.
Also, since then others have started to merge strains high in CBD, low in THC, making this medication more available.
Today, there are a few strains that would work best for Anxiety and depression, lets go over them.
This strain is great for easing anxiety and relaxing muscle tension. The potency may varies by pot-grower, but the CBD/THC ration is usually about the same. The higher level of THC in Harlequin is also enough to produce a mild high, making it a good way to end the day.
This sativa-dominant strain is very low in THC and may not induce any of its psychoactive effects. It has been used to treat a number of disorders including combating the negative effects of chemotherapy.
Originally created as a “one to one” ration strain. Ringo’s gift has slowly developed into a CBD dominate strain. You may have trouble finding the true 24:1, but Ringo’s Gift at 19:1 also works very well. This strain produces a cerebral high thats calming and have you melting into your seat.