How to avoid cannabis-fueled anxiety.

Nobody wants to feel anxious or paranoid when they consume cannabis. If this happens to you, we’ve got a few solutions that might help you avoid those unpleasant feelings.
Nobody wants to feel anxious or paranoid when they consume cannabis. If this happens to you, we’ve got a few solutions that might help you avoid those unpleasant feelings.

 

Anxiety and paranoia can be extremely unpleasant side effects of marijuana. Some people even experience full-blown panic attacks whenever they give cannabis a try.

Not fun.

This can be a tremendous obstacle for people looking to medicate with cannabis, and many avoid the herb altogether because of it. I should know because I was one of these people for the longest time.

After all, how could it be that some people use this plant to treat anxiety and for others it causes anxiety?

The confusion and the repeated frustration was enough to get me digging into some serious research. I wanted to know what caused the anxiety and how or even if I could avoid those unpleasant feelings.

Here’s what I found.

Near the center of our brains we have a twin set of neuron bundles called the amygdalae, responsible for importing cognitive processes, including fear and are fight or flight response.

The discovery that these amygdalae contain cannabinoid receptors – as verified by researchers at Vanderbilt University in 2014 – is a major step in understanding how cannabis can actually treat anxiety.

The idea is that these receptors depend on cannabinoids to do their job, to regulate all of those important emotional processes – as well as a ton of other processes in the body.

But sometimes the body doesn’t produce enough of its own cannabinoids – what we call endocannabinoids. In the case of anxiety, for example, research indicates that traumatic experiences can actually hinder the production of these endocannabinoids.

This would explain how people have reported success in treating various anxiety disorders, such as anorexia or PTSD, with cannabis.

But this still doesn’t explain why cannabis causes anxiety and paranoia for certain people. And although more research is needed, there are a few key factors we can examine now.

How cannabis treats anxiety.

Cannabinoid receptors can be found throughout the body and in several parts of the brain – including the amygdala.
Cannabinoid receptors can be found throughout the body and in several parts of the brain – including the amygdala.

 

Near the center of our brains we have a twin set of neuron bundles called the amygdalae, responsible for importing cognitive processes, including fear and are fight or flight response.

The discovery that these amygdalae contain cannabinoid receptors – as verified by researchers at Vanderbilt Universityin 2014 – is a major step in understanding how cannabis can actually treat anxiety.

The idea is that these receptors depend on cannabinoids to do their job, to regulate all of those important emotional processes – as well as a ton of other processes in the body.

But sometimes the body doesn’t produce enough of its own cannabinoids – what we call endocannabinoids. In the case of anxiety, for example, research indicates that traumatic experiences can actually hinder the production of these endocannabinoids.

This would explain how people have reported success in treating various anxiety disorders, such as anorexia or PTSD, with cannabis.

But this still doesn’t explain why cannabis causes anxiety and paranoia for certain people. And although more research is needed, there are a few key factors we can examine now.

 

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