Can you get a medical card for anxiety in Pennsylvania? Yes and this is why.
Anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults in United States That is almost 20% of the population. Everyone has some level anxiety because it’s a natural reaction to a dangerous or stressful situation. However, for many suffering from anxiety disorders these feelings are overwhelming and debilitating.
People with anxiety disorders tend to feel very anxious or worried about many things, sometimes excessively, sometimes for more days than not. For people suffering from anxiety disorders it is seemingly impossible to control their worry. These symptoms can manifest themselves both mentally and physically resulting in feelings such as trouble concentrating fatigue restlessness trouble sleeping irritability or muscle tension.
When traditional treatments don’t work
While professional therapy is the first line treatment for anxiety disorders, for many medication is required. These medications work, however, many people find that the negative side effects of traditional medication such as SSRIs or benzodiazepines make them feel worse.
If this is how you feel, you’re not alone and there is help. Medical marijuana is an excellent natural alternative treatment for anxiety.
Why medicinal marijuana is and effective treatment for anxiety
Medical marijuana works to reduce many of the symptoms of anxiety. This is because marijuana is made up of cannabinoids which are naturally occurring compounds in the plant. These act on receptors in the brain that make up the endocannabinoid system which plays an important role in controlling our bodies perception of pain, mood, and appetite. This system plays an important role in regulating anxiety fear and stress responses. These cannabinoids are the reason that medicinal marijuana can produce a sense of calm, relaxation, and improve sleep. Many people report that using marijuana helps them cope with anxiety in social situations, stop panic attacks, and decrease post traumatic flashbacks.
Medicinal Marijuana vs Recreational
Not all marijuana is grown equally. Marijuana has two major cannabinoids, THC and CBD, which play an important role in understanding marijuana’s utility in treating anxiety. This is why some cannabis may alleviate anxiety while other strains may exacerbate or induce anxiety. Studies have found that strains with high levels of THC may exacerbate anxiety symptoms. However, in low doses and combined with CBD, THC produces stress relieving effects.
It is not recommended to choose products on your own, purchase recreational marijuana in other states, or use street marijuana as these adverse side effects are much more likely to occur. The nice thing about medicinal marijuana is that it’s not one size fits all. There are hundreds of strains with different levels of CBD and THC. Your doctor and the consultants at your dispensary can work with you to find the combination that works best to help you find peace of mind.
Stop suffering and start living
If you suffer from anxiety and have tried other treatments but are looking for a safe and natural alternative, Cannabis Care Consultants can help. To learn more about the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program or to book an appointment with one of our licensed medical marijuana positions visit www.cannabisconsults.net
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