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Stress and Medicinal Cannabis

Stress occurs when you perceive a threat or a major challenge, causing chemicals and hormones surge throughout your body and triggering your fight-or-flight response.

Typically, after the stress response occurs your body should begin to relax, but too much constant stress can have negative effects on your long-term health.

There are several types of stress, including:

  • Acute stress
  • Episodic acute stress
  • Chronic stress

What are the symptoms of Stress?

Stress can physically manifest in a range of ways, including:

  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep problems
  • Lack of energy
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Mental cloudiness (brain fog) and memory problems
  • A weakened immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to infections

Factors that may increase your risk of developing Stress:

  • Being under lots of pressure
  • Facing big changes
  • Worrying about something
  • Not having much or any control over the outcome of a situation
  • Having responsibilities that you're finding overwhelming
  • Not having enough work, activities or change in your life
  • Times of uncertainty

How can medicinal cannabis help with Stress?

Studies show that cannabis combats stress, anxiety and depression, finding that cannabis high in CBD and low in THC was optimal for reducing symptoms of depression while cannabis high in CBD and high in THC produced the largest reductions in stress.

Sativa strains are known for their “head high,” an invigorating, energising effect that can help reduce anxiety or stress and increase creativity and focus. Indica strains are typically associated with full-body effects, such as increasing deep relaxation and reducing insomnia.

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

  • Nabiximols
  • Dronbinol
  • THC:CBD extracts
  • CBD extracts
  • Cannabis Sativa
  • Cannabis Indica

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

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