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Anxiety and Medicinal Cannabis

Anxiety is excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational anticipation of future threats.

While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has passed, or ‘stressor’ is removed.

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. In any given year, over a million Australians will experience anxiety. 

What are the symptoms of Anxiety?

Anxiety has both physical and mental symptoms - they include:

  • Racing thoughts
  • Uncontrollable over-thinking
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Feelings of dread, panic or 'impending doom'
  • Feeling irritable
  • Heightened alertness
  • Problems with sleep
  • Changes in appetite

Factors that may increase your risk of developing Anxiety:

  • Trauma
  • Stress due to an illness
  • Stress buildup
  • Personality
  • Other mental health disorders
  • Having blood relatives with an anxiety disorder
  • Drugs or alcohol.

How can medicinal cannabis help with Anxiety?

Cannabis has recently been under the microscope in the scientific community as a treatment for anxiety, and the general consensus is that there are short-term benefits. Studies conducted at Washington State University found that cannabis reduces self-reported levels of depression, anxiety and stress in the short term. 

Other recent studies support that CBD isolates can be an effective anxiety remedy, reducing overall anxiety levels and helping with PTSD (a specialised anxiety disorder) by repressing nightmares and negative memories.

Some of the cannabis products that have shown to be beneficial treatments to Anxiety sufferers include:

  • Nabiximols
  • Dronbinol
  • THC:CBD extracts
  • CBD extracts

They can be consumed as an oil, vape liquid, sprays and wafers.

If you or a loved one are suffering from Anxiety and are considering medicinal cannabis as a potential treatment, please speak to your GP or to one of our SAS accredited doctors here.