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How Cannabis Helps Anxiety Disorders

How Cannabis Helps Anxiety Disorders

How Cannabis Helps Anxiety Disorders

Keep calm and smoke cannabis…a new medical study has found a link between cannabis and the reduction of anxiety and stress. Anxiety disorders occur when there’s too much communication between the frontal cortex and amygdala.

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“The circuit between the amygdala and the frontal cortex has been shown to be stronger in individuals with certain types of anxiety disorders. As people or animals are exposed to stress and get more anxious, these two brain areas glue together, and their activity grows stronger together,” says author of the study, Sachin Patel, MD, PhD.

The cannabinoids in cannabis are similar to our body’s naturally occurring cannabinoids, and both work in identical ways when attached to receptors in the brain. The endocannabinoid 2-AG is thought to be the barrier that breaks communication between the two brain regions responsible for creating anxious feelings and behaviors. When this endocannabinoid fails to do its job, that’s were the identical cannabinoid in cannabis steps in, silencing the communications from amygdala and frontal cortex and restoring calm.

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Chronic stress is a problem that affects millions of Americans and more than 40 million people suffer from anxiety disorders –the most common psychological condition in America. 

The symptoms of the two mimic each other, often causing irritability, mood swings, insomnia, dietary changes, weight loss/gain, chronic pain, depression and feelings of worthlessness. Both can be plagued by racing, negative thoughts, fatigue and headaches.

Do you suffer from chronic stress or anxiety disorders? There are cannabis strains that can help! We recommend balanced hybrid strains and those high in limonene for those looking to treat symptoms. Come into any of our three retail locations and one of our helpful and knowledgeable cannabis stewards will assist in finding the perfect strain for you!