09/20/2017 | Health + Wellness

Anxiety Disorders Medical Marijuana

Everyone experiences a degree of anxiety; it is actually a healthy, critical adaptive response that helps us recognize and avoid potential threats and helps motivate us. However, anxiety disorders, where one is unable to manage this response effectively, make it difficult to function in many day-to-day situations, from work to socializing with friends. Pharmaceutical companies have developed a number of medications to help with anxiety disorders, such as Prozac and Zoloft. Unfortunately, these can be addictive and many cannot tolerate the side effects, assuming they see an improvement in the first place. Turning to medical cannabis may be the option for some!


Researchers are looking at how cannabidiol, or CBD, can be the answer for many mental-health related disorders. Medical cannabis has already been approved for conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the effects of CBD had a lot to do with this decision. Unlike THC, CBD has zero psychoactive properties which makes the affect different. Both animal and human studies have showcased the anti-anxiety properties of CBD when administered as needed and in proper doses. Anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, OCD, social phobia, PTSD, and more fit under this umbrella.

Reducing Anxiety

The studies mentioned previously looked at how CBD helped those that suffer from anxiety disorders. While every study is different, many came to a similar conclusion; CBD can significantly help those that are diagnosed with mild to severe anxiety. One study did brain scans of the patients who stated they experienced a significant decrease in anxiety, and results showed “cerebral blood flow patterns consistent with an anti-anxiety effect.” Another study measured heart rate and blood pressure.

Overall, studies have shown that anxiety disorders can be helped with CBD for those that are interested. Currently, the State of Illinois has approved PTSD, and several other disorders. For more information about medical cannabis and approved conditions, contact Greenhouse today!