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Do you suffer from anxiety?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, roughly 19% of adults have some form of anxiety disorder. Medical marijuana is now available as a treatment option for patients in Pennsylvania. Since it became an approved condition July 20, many are already seeking anxiety relief with this new plant-based choice also known as cannabis.

“I have already seen a lot of positive results in patients who have been coming to The Healing Center and using medical marijuana to treat their anxiety,” Jill Zimbicki Pharmacist at The Healing Center says. “This has been life changing for some patients.”

“Anxiety is one of the only approved conditions that most can relate,” says Chris Kohan, co-founder of The Healing Center, the Pittsburgh area’s premier dispensary group with a location in Washington.

“There is no doubt that cannabis can help treat anxiety, but it may take a little trial and error. The important part is to consult with your medical professional at the dispensary to determine proper strain, delivery method, and dosage to start.”

Dr. Bryan Doner, co-founder of Compassionate Certification Centers says, “I feel that the addition of anxiety to the qualifying conditions in Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program has the potential to help a tremendous amount of patients.”

DOCTOR SAYS RESULTS WITH PTSD SHOW GREAT POTENTIAL FOR ANXIETY PATIENTS

The five major types of anxiety disorders are Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder). PTSD has been an approved condition since the program was implemented.

“We have already seen wonderful clinical results with so many PTSD patients and the anxiety component of their disorder,” Doner says. “This will also help provide a focus on medical cannabis research in the area of anxiety, which is a common symptom of so many disease entities.”

PHARMACIST BELIEVES CANNABIS MAY REPLACE OTHER ANXIETY MEDICINES

Dr. Michael S. Butler, Pharmacist and General Manager at The Healing Center sees a lot of potential for patients to find relief without the use of pharmaceuticals that have been traditionally prescribed before cannabis became an option for them. “I believe that high CBD forms of medical marijuana have the potential to replace the majority of benzodiazepine drugs prescribed for anxiety in the US within the next 10 years. It is that effective” CBD is short for cannabidiol, an active ingredient found in the cannabis plant that communicates with receptors in the human body. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient of the plant which also communicates with receptors.

SYMPTOMS OF AN ANXIETY DISORDER

  • Feeling restless and irritable
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Muscle pain, tightness or soreness
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Feeling exhausted even after a full night’s sleep
  • Going out of your way to avoid situations that make you anxious
  • Unwanted thoughts or worries that won’t go away

AUTHOR SAYS A BALANCE OF CBD AND THC IS KEY

Nikki Furrer, author of A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis says, “Small doses of cannabis can really improve our quality of life, and reducing anxiety is a great example of that.”

She writes about the importance of finding the right dose. “For many people, the commonly prescribed ideal dose is 10 milligrams of THC and 10 milligrams of CBD. THC often increases anxiety, so keep that THC dose low.’’

Do You Suffer from Anxiety?

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