Anxiety is one of the most widespread and pervasive mental health issues in the world, and it is consistently one of the top reasons people medicate with cannabis. Yet just as anxiety exists on a spectrum — from mild social stress to disabling panic attacks — cannabis also produces a wide range of effects on anxiety symptoms, from total relief to exacerbating the problem. What gives?
In areas concerning mental health, scientists are actively investigating how cannabis affects anxiety. Though researchers have yet to produce decisive conclusions, some studies have identified a few important trends that can help point cannabis consumers to the best strains for treating anxiety.
From these studies, we know that pure THC decreases anxiety in low doses, but can increase it at higher quantities, while pure CBD appears to decrease anxiety at any dose. We also know that cannabinoids like CBD and THC aren’t the whole story. Compounds like terpenes also appear to play a…
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