I have dealt with anxiety for most of my life.
I typically experience anxiety in social settings, where I find it difficult to talk to people sometimes, and when it gets really bad, I can have panic attacks.
I speak with a therapist every month, and she gives me different exercises to help manage my anxiety, and they work while I try them in the therapist’s office, but out in the “real world” it can be difficult to remember to practice breathing exercises when I need it the most. I have tried prescription antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication, but they left me feeling groggy and unmotivated. Some of the medication also made me very bloated, and caused me to gain weight. Recently, however, my therapist suggested that I try using cannabis to deal with my anxiety. Cannabis plants are full of compounds called cannabinoids, that, when consumed, bind to the cannabinoid receptors in our brain. There are over 100 different cannabinoids that have been identified, with each one providing a plethora of effects. The most widely known cannabinoid is THC. THC has been shown to reduce anxiety in humans and animals. After my therapy appointment, I drove to the cannabis dispensary near me, and told the budtender about my anxiety, and that I wanted to try managing it with cannabis. The budtender recommended a couple different strains, and gave me a small amount of each to experiment with, and see which one worked the best for me. Since trying cannabis, my anxiety has been under control for the first time in my life. If you struggle with anxiety, head to your local dispensary to try some cannabis today!