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Medical Marijuana Use for Anxiety


The age-old question of whether marijuana can help with anxiety is extremely controversial, but it really comes down to one thing: you. Marijuana can be very helpful for some people with anxiety but make things much worse for others.


Anxiety and its symptoms can vary from person to person, and many other factors can contribute to how marijuana affects you from strain to dosage to consumption method. In order to better understand one person may have a great experience and another may have a terrible one, we need to talk about anxiety and its symptoms.


What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety has been described as a feeling of dread, fear, or uneasiness. Although everybody may experience these symptoms at one time or another, being anxious is different from having clinical anxiety.


Clinical anxiety is a disorder which is characterized by excessive feelings of worry or persistent, even intrusive thoughts about certain fears or fear in general. About 7 million people in the U.S. experience generalized anxiety disorder.


Marijuana and Anxiety

Anxiety symptoms can look different depending on the person, but here is a list of the most common ones:


  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense

  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom

  • Having an increased heart rate

  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)

  • Sweating

  • Trembling

  • Feeling weak or tired

  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry

Some people say that cannabis helps their anxiety because it helps them focus. It also allows them to relax and release tension or anxious thoughts from their mind, making them feel more alert and energized.


For others, cannabis can have the exact opposite effect. It can speed up their heart rate and make them feel nervous or even paranoid. It can worsen their tension and make them feel even more tired or anxious than before.


Basically, it depends on the person, and there is no way to know how marijuana is going to affect you until you try it and see for yourself.


Tips

Although anxiety is not currently a qualifying condition in Georgia, it is likely that many patients who have a qualifying condition may also have anxiety. So, if you are hoping to get your medical marijuana card, here are some things to consider before you try it:


The best advice we can give is to start low and go slow. Starting low refers to dosage. You should only use a tiny amount of medicine your first time, since your tolerance will be basically nonexistent.


It is a good idea to start off with very little marijuana and gradually increase it as time goes on and as your tolerance increases. If you don’t feel anything, wait an hour and ingest some more, but do not use a lot all at once, as this can cause unwanted effects.


Prepare for Medical Marijuana in Georgia

Medical marijuana is coming to Georgia very soon, and it is best to be prepared so that you won’t have to wait any longer for safe, legal access to your medicine!


You can reserve an evaluation online today with one of our compassionate cannabis doctors, and we’ll make an appointment for you just as soon as we’re cleared to.


You and your new doctor will discuss your conditions and whether you qualify for a Georgia Marijuana Card. And if you make your reservation online today, you’ll even save $25 off the cost of your evaluation!


Or feel free to call us at (866) 781-5606, and we can help answer your questions about getting medical marijuana in Georgia.


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